Wonderful World insists religion not the reason for turning away worker in hijab

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 20:00

The management of Wonderful World Limited is denying that its decision not to employ Njemile Webb while wearing a hijab, had nothing to do with her religion, gender or ethnicity.

The company has issued a statement saying it is in the process of investigating the matter but wants to make it clear that those factors were not part of the decision.

The following is the statement from Wonderful World Limited: 

"The Management of Wonderful World Limited is in the process of concluding an official enquiry into the events that have lead to the incident pertaining to Ms. Njemile Webb. 

In the interest of fairness to all parties concerned, it is our respectful view, that this enquiry must be concluded before any comprehensive statement is released to the media and our valued customers in respect of this matter. 

It is a fundamental principle in any enquiry that the same be conducted in a fair and balanced manner and we must, as responsible employers in the first instance, meet with any and all members of staff who were in any way involved in relation to this incident.

Wonderful World is a locally owned and operated fashion company, which has been in existence for the past forty-two (42) years. 

As such, we categorically deny that this unfortunate incident stems from any gender, religious or ethnic discrimination of any kind whatsoever. 

As a locally owned and operated company, we have prided ourselves as being responsible and ethical employers and as part of our mission, we embrace and celebrate the diversity of our customers. 

We have always appreciated the support received from our customers who are comprised of all ethnicities and religious persuasions and it is with this in mind, that we strive to provide for the needs of and celebrate the diversity of our loyal customers.

We have noted with a great measure of concern and disappointment certain media reports in respect of this incident alleging discrimination by Wonderful World against certain members of the Muslim faith and for the avoidance of doubt, nothing could be further from the truth. 

As a locally owned and operated company, we state unequivocally that Wonderful World employs persons from all denominations and religious persuasions and will continue to so do in the future.

Upon the conclusion of our formal enquiry in relation to this incident, we intend to issue a formal statement and we respectfully request that we be given an opportunity so to do."

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