A married Muslim couple claim they were victimised at work due to their religious beliefs after being “unfairly” refused holidays during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
UK Daily Mail (h/t parisclaims) Donna Tunkara, 32, and husband Yassin, 31, say they suffered discrimination, harrassment, victimisation and constructive dismissal after bosses at the Portrack Lane warehouse in Stockton-on-Tees of supermarket giant Morrisons turned down holiday requests in 2012.
A tribunal held at Teesside Magistrates’ Court yesterday heard evidence from Mrs Tunkara, who says her holiday request for the last 10 days of fasting during Ramadan was turned down unfairly. She added that the stress of working night shifts caused her to suffer a breakdown and be admitted to hospital.
However solicitor Philip Crowe, representing Morrisons, called Mrs Tunkara a ‘liar’ during cross examination and said that she had not got the holidays she asked for because she missed a deadline – meaning all holiday time was already taken.
He said: ‘You have not got exactly what you wanted and acted like a spoiled brat, and you have taken the easy way out to play the discrimination and race card, haven’t you? It is unfair.’ Mrs Tunkara rejected accusations that she had fabricated her story, and said, ‘No it was not the easy way out. ‘It was very difficult to deal with. We asked for the holidays because it was too difficult to work night shifts while fasting.” (You need to be on a permeant fast, fatso)