Dutch Court Rules Against Lawyer’s Refusal to Shake Hands

10 April 2012


A Dutch court has ruled in favour of the Rotterdam council, after it refused a Muslim lawyer a job for his refusal to shake hands with women. Mohammed Enait had applied for the job of client manager in the social services department, noting that he would not shake hands with women on religious grounds. He noted he would greet them in another respectful fashion.

When refused the position Enait brought the civil case against the Rotterdam council. The court ruled in favour of the council on the grounds that Enait was ignoring equality between men and women and on the basis that it would damage the relationship between the council and its clients.


Lawyer acquitted for refusing to stand in Dutch courtroom

Dutch lawyer Mohammed Enait has been acquitted of contempt of court by the Bar Association’s disciplinary council.

Enait argues that as a Muslim his religious belief maintains that everyone is equal, and thus that he will not stand during court cases when the judge enters the courtroom.

Enait was also reprimanded for wearing an Islamic head covering during sessions and for showing contempt of a judge in a TV talkshow.

He was acquitted on all three charges on Friday.