By Elham Asaad Buaras
Two Muslim Tesco workers have won a discrimination case against the supermarket after bosses kept their prayer room locked.
Abdirisak Aden and Mahamed Hasan, were among a number of Muslim employees who had lobbied for a prayer room since 2006.
In 2008 managers agreed to set aside a security office at the distribution depot in Crick, Northamptonshire.
But in 2012 bosses set new restrictions on the use of the room which included keeping it locked when it was not in use.
Muslim workers were forced to tell managers when they were going to pray and had to ask for the key and fill in their names in a book every time they entered the room.
They also claimed they were forbidden to worship in groups and were only allowed to pray one at a time.
Bedford Employment Tribunal found Tesco was guilty of indirect discrimination and awarded the men an undisclosed sum for “injury to their feelings”.
The tribunal heard both men had made it clear to their bosses that they needed to pray at set times in a clean environment.
They claimed that Tesco managers were aware of the difficulties Muslim employees faced while trying to pray with no place allocated for them to do this.
A Tesco spokesperson told The Muslim News, “We take our responsibilities as an equal opportunities employer very seriously. We await the full written judgment before deciding whether to appeal.”
The men and the Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council which represented them were not available to comment.