Despite working at Terminal 3 for 13 years, Nohad Halawi was summarily fired following un-substantiated complaints by five Muslims about her conduct. Mrs Halawi had persistently complained to management over personal religious abuse and harassment from Islamic staff, who even mocked her about “shitty Jesus.”
UK DAILY MAIL A worker who claims she was the victim of a race-hate campaign by fundamentalist Muslims because of her Christian beliefs has launched a landmark case against her former employers. Nouhad Halawi, a saleswoman at Heathrow Airport’s World Duty Free shop, said she and other Christian staff were systematically harassed by Muslims.
She alleged the intimidation included:
- Bullying a friend at the airport for wearing crosses.
- Muslims telling her she would go to hell if she didn’t convert.
- A Muslim colleague insisting she read the Koran. And;
- That Jews were responsible for the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The mother-of-two had been the subject of a complaint by an Islamic colleague but when she raised her own concerns as a Christian, she said she was the one who was dismissed. Her case for unfair dismissal is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre, who believe it raises important legal issues over whether Muslims and Christians are treated differently by employers.
Mrs Halawi, 47, who came to Britain from Lebanon in 1977, said: ‘I have been sacked on the basis of unsubstantiated complaints. ‘There is now great fear amongst my former colleagues that the same could happen to them if one of the Muslims turns on them. ‘This is supposed to be a Christian country, but the law seems to be on the side of the Muslims.’
She says that she had always got on well with her Muslim colleagues,but the atmosphere changed with a growing number of employees promoting ‘fundamentalist Islam’. Mrs Halawi told the Sunday Telegraph:
‘One man brought in the Koran to work and insisted I read it and another brought in Islamic leaflets and handed them out to other employees.
‘They said that 9/11 served the Americans right and that they hated the West, but that they had come here because they want to convert people to Islam.
‘They say that Jesus is s***** and bullied a Christian friend of mine so much for wearing her crosses that she came to me crying.’
She claimed she became a targeted for the fundamentalists after she stood up for her friend who wants to be anonymous because she still works at the terminal.
In May, five of her Muslim colleagues complained to David Tunnicliffe, the trading manager at World Duty Free, accusing her of being anti-Islamic following a heated conversation in the store. According to the Telegraph, her description of a Muslim colleague as an allawhi – ‘man of God’ in Arabic – sparked a row when another worker overheard the remark and thought she said Alawi, which was his branch of Islam.
A petition signed by 28 colleagues argued that she has been dismissed on the basis of ‘malicious lies.’ The Christian Legal Centre has instructed Paul Diamond, a leading human rights barrister, to represent Mrs Halawi in taking both Caroline South Associates and Autogrill Retail UK Limited, which trades as World Duty Free, to an employment tribunal.