UK teaching aide to appeal tribunal ruling on Muslim veil suspension Joe Shaulis at 3:00 PM ET
[JURIST] A lawyer for a Muslim teaching assistant suspended by a British school for refusing to remove her full-face veil (niqab; Wikipedia backgrounder) during class said Friday she planned to appeal [BBC recorded audio] a local tribunal's decision to the European Court of Justice [official website]. The Kirklees West Yorkshire Council [official website] employment tribunal on Thursday rejected discrimination and harassment claims [press release] brought by the teaching assistant, Aishah Azmi [BBC profile], but awarded her £1,100 (about US $2,100) for "injury to her feelings" caused by local education authority's handling of her complaint. The tribunal agreed with school officials' assessment that the veil interfered with Azmi's role as a bilingual support worker by making her speech difficult for pupils to understand. Azmi remains suspended with pay pending her appeal.
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