Den britiske kjeden Marks & Spencer reverserer policy om at muslimske ansatte kan slippe å selge alkohol og svineprodukter etter massive protester og tap av kunder.
Folk som kjøpte alkohol i en butikk i London fikk beskjed om å vente ved egen kasse, da den muslimske ansatte hadde reservert seg mot slike varer. Nyheten spredte seg raskt på sosiale medier og ble møtt av et ramaskrik.
Lille julaften rykket selskapet ut og beklaget. Den nye politikken vil ikke bli satt ut i livet. Eventuelle ansatte som ikke vil røre alkohol eller svin, vil bli satt til andre oppgaver.
Customers at Marks and Spencer will not be refused alcohol or pork by Muslim staff after the store reacted to a massive backlash by customers.
Thousands of shoppers threatened to boycott the retailer after Marks and Spencer said it would allow Muslim staff to refuse to sell pork and alcohol because it was against their religious beliefs.
But now Marks and Spencer has apologised and said that Muslim staff who did not want to handle these products would not man tills and would work in other roles such as in clothing or in the bakery.
The issue was revealed after customers at a London branch of Marks and Spencer were told they would have to use another till because the assistant would not be able to serve them pork or alcohol.
At the time Marks and Spencer said staff could refuse to sell these items, based on their religious beliefs.
In a statement, Marks and Spencer said: “Where we have an employee whose religious beliefs restrict food or drink they can handle, we work closely with our member of staff to place them in suitable role, such as in our clothing department or bakery in foods.
“We regret that in the case highlighted today we were not following our own internal policy.”
After Marks and Spencer issued its updated statement shoppers posted comments on the Facebook page, saying they had apologised too late.