Kazakh worker defends his right to have a beard

Author: Anvar Raimov, Central Asia Online, Published on: 12 March 2009

The Aktobe City Court has ruled that Talgat Kyrkymbai who was fired for having a beard must be allowed to return to work…This was the first time a lawsuit had been filed in Kazakhstan for workplace discrimination related to religious beliefs. Kyrkymbai had been employed…at the Oktyabrskneft oil and gas production division of China's CNPC-Aktobemunaigaz… Kyrkymbai filed a lawsuit that reinstated him in the job and obtained the wages he was due from the time he was sacked…[A]ccording to...[the] director of the women's madrassa Bereket in Almaty, Muslim women who wear headscarves have difficulty finding jobs…

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Related companies: China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)