Airport screener suspended for wearing long skirt

Muslim woman altered uniform to comply with her beliefs
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/13/2007

A Muslim woman was suspended from her airport security job after she altered the length of her uniform’s skirt to comply with her religious beliefs.

Halima Muse, 33, was employed by Garda to screen passengers and luggage at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Garda is contracted by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to provide airport security services.

Security employees at the airport wear a standard uniform. Since the current uniform was introduced in 2003, female employees have had the choice of wearing slacks or a knee-length skirt. Muse, a practicing Muslim who immigrated to Canada from Somalia, wore slacks for most of the six years she’s been with Garda since knee-length skirts are contrary to her religion’s standards of modesty.