Muslim worker claims discrimination over “terrorist” birthday card

The Telegraph reports on a Muslim employee who was given a birthday card for his 40th birthday, inscribed with the (joking) message that he was now too old to be terrorist.  

Omar Fikri brought a claim under the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003. As usual the reporting of this story concentrates on one part of the behaviour – Fikri was also called ‘disgusting’ by his manager Mr Low when he failed to answer a ringing phone whilst he was engaged in daily prayer. This latter is more serious in my view than the terrorist jibe. The manager’s response as reported here as responding:

“I was shouting at him because he ignored me, that’s what made me angry, not the fact he was praying.”

This shows considerable impatience and intolerance with the action of praying, and is not really a proper response at all.