British supermarket will allow clerks to refuse service to customers buying pork and alcohol

Should Muslim clerks be allowed to refuse service to people buying pork or alchohol? One large supermarket chain in Great Britain says yes. The Telegraph: Muslim staff working for Marks & Spencer have been given permission to refuse to serve customers buying alcohol or pork products Its policy decision has highlighted a split among the big food retailers over whether religious staff should be excused certain jobs. In contrast to M&S, Sainsbury's said it had issued official guidelines that stated there was no reason why staff who did not drink alcohol or eat pork for religious reasons could not handle the goods. The advice followed consultations with religious groups, said a spokesman. Tesco said it treated each case on its merits, but said it "made no sense" to employ staff on a till who refused to touch certain items for religious reasons. Asda said it would not deploy Muslims on tills who objected to handling alcohol, while Morrisons, which is based...(Read Full Post)