Caterer sues police over sausages


A Muslim catering manager has accused the Metropolitan Police of religious discrimination as he was told he may have to handle sausages and bacon.

Hasanali Khoja was told he would be expected to handle pork products at his new job at the Empress State Building in Earls Court, west London.

His lawyer said Mr Khoja was excused from pork meat in his previous job at Hendon Police College in north London.

An informal agreement was reached with the force but he wants it formalised.

An employment tribunal in Watford will consider his claim in May 2009.

A Metropolitan Police (Met) spokesman said it was defending a claim of religious discrimination brought against it at an employment tribunal.

Islam forbids the consumption of pork meat or products containing pork.

Mr Khoja, a senior catering manager, has been working with the Met since 2005 and filed the claim in the tribunal last year.

He said: "Obviously nobody in my situation would be happy. Pork handling is the issue."

Religious beliefs

His lawyer Khalid Sofi said: "The claim is about his religious beliefs. They failed to accommodate him as they had a duty to do under the law.

"He would have had to do certain things and bacon would have been involved."

Mr Sofi said the Met reached an informal agreement with his client in June to excuse him from handling pork products after he took special leave from his job.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "A catering manager is bringing employment tribunal proceedings against the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) alleging religious belief discrimination.

"The MPS is defending the claim."
String the c*nt up double time !
FFS, let's hope the tribunal doesn't find in his favour. I agree if he had the informal agreement at Hendon and was moved elsewhere, he may have a point. If the move was his own choice, then he hasn't a leg to stand on. The fault lies also with whoever allowed the agreement in the first place.

If a job contradicts your religious beliefs-don't do that job! Simple really!
"Islam forbids the consumption of pork meat or products containing pork." Does it forbid him to handle it, cook it, serve it? Didn't think so.

This is religion being twisted in a sad and pathetic attempt to make a fast buck, pure and simple.
Well I would suggest a career change. If you can't fulfill the work you are paid by your employer to do, then time for you to leave.

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