Judge: refusing to shake hands is offensive

A Muslim man was rightfully denied a job in Rotterdam because he refused to shake women’s hands, a judge ruled on Wednesday, reports news agency ANP.

The man, an orthodox Muslim, applied for a job as client manager at the Rotterdam social services department in 2005. He was denied the job because he wore a traditional Muslim outfit and refused the shake the hand of the female interviewer because of his religion.
The judge ruled that shaking hands is a common way to exchange greetings in the Netherlands: ‘Refusing to shake hands can be seen as rude or offensive,’ he said.
A client manager functions as a intermediary between the local authority and its residents so denying the man the job is therefore ‘appropriate and necessary’, the judge was reported as saying.

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