Danish school fined for forcing Muslim student to taste pork

COPENHAGEN: A Danish court has ordered a culinary school in Denmark’s Holstebro town to pay a Muslim woman 40,000 Danish krone, or around $6,000, in damages for forcing her to taste pork as part of her classes.


The 24-year-old student, who moved to Denmark from Libya when she still was a baby, attended the Holstebro Culinary School, named after the town where it is located.

According to a local newspaper, the student whose name they chose not to disclose was told by school officials that she would have to taste the food she cooked like all other students.

She also reportedly stopped going to the school as a result of the requirement to eat pork, which Muslims believe is prohibited to eat in Islam.

She then insisted that she was being discriminated against on religious grounds and filed a complaint to The Equal Treatment Board against the school.

The board had agreed with the student’s claim of discrimination and asked the school to pay the student $75,000 in damages.

The school challenged the board’s verdict at a Danish high court and took the position that the student had in fact taken many leaves and it was because of this reason that she was not being allowed to graduate.

After hearing both sides, the court decided that the school would pay the student $6,000 compensation, which was considerably less than the $70,000 asked for.