M&S allows Muslim staff to refuse alcohol, pork sales

23 December 2013 14:07
LONDON (QHA) - British retailer Marks & Spencer faced criticism on Monday after it emerged that it allows Muslim staff to refuse to sell customers pork and alcohol, Daily Telegraph reports. M&S, which is Britain's biggest clothing retailer as well as selling food and homeware, said that when employees have religious beliefs that restrict what foods or drinks they can handle it tries to place them in a "suitable role". "As a secular business we have an inclusive policy that welcomes all religious beliefs whether across our customer or employee base", M&S spokeswoman said. As reported, more than 8,000 people have signed up to a Facebook page calling for a boycott of the idea. The issue emerged after an unnamed customer told the Daily Telegraph newspaper the worker had refused to sell them champagne at a London store and that they would have to wait for another till to become available.