Aishah Azmi, or so we're told
A Muslim teaching assistant who was suspended on full-pay for refusing to remove her veil in lessons has been sacked.
Aishah Azmi’s one year fixed-term contract at Headfield Church of England School, in Dewsbury, West Yorks, was renewed in August despite her not having worked for six months. It has emerged that she attended a disciplinary hearing this week, with her face veiled, in front of school governors and members of the local education authority.
Mrs Azmi, 24, who attended the hearing alone, was told she was being dismissed and her legal advisers are awaiting official notification before considering any appeal.
“Until we receive a written decision we don’t know what the reasons are,” said Nick Whittingham, her legal adviser, from the Kirklees Law Centre. A month ago she was awarded £1,100 by an employment tribunal for “injury to her feelings”, but her claim that she was discriminated against because of her religion was rejected....
A spokesman for Kirklees Metropolitan Council confirmed that a staffings’ dismissals committee of the school’s governing body had held a hearing into “the circumstances that resulted in the suspension of a bi-lingual support worker at the school”.
He said: “As a result of the hearing the committee decided to terminate the employment of the employee concerned.”