Muslim airport security worker sacked for refusing to shave beard says he grew it for fashion reasons
Published 21/12/2015 | 09:01
A Muslim man was dismissed from his job at a Paris airport partly because of his long beard.
Mr. Bachir (32) who works in security at Orly airport said he grew his facial hair for fashion reasons.
He said he was given a warning about his beard by his bosses at the Airport following the Paris terror attacks.
Le Parisien reports that the beard "in a hipster style… not for religion."
When he refused to shave off his facial hair he was sent home and some days later received a letter dismissing him from his job.
Another ex-employee of Orly airport, Mr. Beshir, also lost his job for refusing to trim his beard earlier this year.
Both men have now launched legal action, challenging the legality of their dismissals from security agency Securitas.
However Metro reports that a Securitas spokesperson said that Bachir had committed "serious breaches" of company policy.
His beard was "an additional but not essential factor" for his dismissal, they claimed, but it was mainly due to absences from work, lateness, and "too much chattering".
Around 70 people who worked in airport secure zones have claimed their clearances have been revoked since the Paris terror attacks on November 13.