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Revised breakfast menus.

A Muslim chef employed by the Metropolitan Police is suing for religious discrimination after he was asked to cook sausages and bacon for ‘999 breakfasts’.

 His current lawyer Khalid Sofi said there was an ‘important issue of principle at stake in Mr Khoja’s case’.

‘He has genuine and strong religious beliefs and expects that they will be accommodated,’ he added.

‘The Met is a very large organisation and could easily have met his demands.

The 60-year-old claims the problem began when he was asked to move from his position as senior catering manager at Hendon Police College in North London, where he had been excused from touching pork.

In his new role at the Empress State Building in West London, which is occupied by Metropolitan Police staff, he was expected to make ‘999 breakfasts’ consisting of sausage, bacon and black pudding.

The meal got its nickname because it is traditional for officers to insist on hearty fry-ups before starting their shift.

Mr Khoja, who joined the Met in 2005, said he was placed on special unpaid leave for a year after refusing to work without the guarantee he would not have to handle pork.

A year ?  Special unpaid leave ?  For a year ?  Is that the sound of the compo alarm bells ringing ?

He is now back at work at another Met building where he does not have to handle pork but has been downgraded to higher catering manager.  Mr Khoja, from Edgware, North London, said yesterday: ‘I felt very unhappy about it. I was very upset and angry because it is not permissible in my religion. I was threatened that management would sack me if I did not follow instructions. But I never enrolled to cook pork. I refused to do it. I never did it and I never would.

Lets see………..chef………….cooking………..foodstuffs…………..could be a bit of a problem ?

Surely someone had thought of this ?


10 Responses

  1. I can see his problem – he applied to be a ‘Senior Catering Manager’.

    I’d guess he thought it has about as much to do with cooking as ‘Superintendant’ has with policing.

    Anyone offerered a title like that in the Met should surely expect to be holding meetings and gathering statistics, rather than doing any actual work?

  2. Unbelievable!

    Let’s see English people going out for long shifts?

    English traditional breakfast meal.. Fried breakfast….

    Surely he should be a chef in a restruant specialising in dishes from Muslim countries?

    not sure about the black pudding myself though!

  3. For goodness’ sake. If you can’t handle pork, don’t go get a job somewhere that cooks it. Maybe he should try and get a job at a vegetarian restaurant.

  4. Surely the time for him to have raised his moral principals with cooking pork products was at the interview/application stage when it was explained to him the kind of product that is served therein, or he should have wrestled with those principals at that point.

    Then again perhaps if he had got that far and hadn’t been offered the job he would have had further grounds to sue.


  5. “Surely someone had thought of this?” Er…like…Blair?

  6. Since we’ve already had bicycle manufacturers sued for not putting warnings on that you can fall off, and a fast foot chain sued for serving hot coffee, this doesn’t shock me!

    Maybe he should apply for a job in the SMT of the Met? Sounds like he’d fit right in…

  7. The stench of tripe boiling is foul. It is less culinary fare than it is the work of maggot lawyers in the kitchen.

  8. Perhaps the ‘chef’ should be sued for ‘wasting Police breakfast’?

  9. Its also bollocks.

    Muslims are prevented from eating pork not cooking it. The Met should make him justify his opposition to it with reference to Muslim law not what he thinks Muslim law is.

  10. He’s hamming up his objections, I reckon.

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