Danish school fined for forcing Muslim student to taste pork

22nd May 2015

Nadine Osman

A Danish court has ordered a culinary school to pay around $6,000 in damages to a Muslim student after she was required to taste pork as part of her studies.

The 24-year-old student, who is of Libyan descent, attended the Holstebro Culinary School, named after the town where it’s located.

The student was told she must taste the food she cooks and as she refused, she was asked to only taste, but not to swallow the pork dishes.

The woman recorded the conversation with school officials and later presented the tape as evidence in court.

It appeared that the student was informed that pork and wine would be in the recipes, but she was only informed that trying prepared dishes was compulsory after the course began.

The woman insisted that she was being discriminated against on religious grounds and filed a complaint against the school to the Equal Treatment Board.

The board upheld her claim and ordered the school to pay the student $75,000 in moral damages.

The culinary school challenged the verdict in the Danish High Court, saying that the woman hadn’t graduated as she missed classes too often.

The High Court upheld the lower court’s decision, but ordered the school to pay a smaller sum in compensation.

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