M&S apologises over religious drinks rule policy

Marks & Spencer has apologised after a Muslim member of staff refused to sell a customer alcohol at a store in London. The retailer said that where employees have religious beliefs, it tries to place them in a "suitable role".

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Supermarket staff alcohol service policies compared

Tesco said it made "no sense" for staff who refuse to touch items for religious reasons to work on a till. Credit: PA

Sainsbury's guidelines say that there is no reason why staff who don't drink alcohol or eat pork on religious grounds could not handle them, the newspaper said, while Tesco said it made "no sense" for staff who refuse to touch items for religious reasons to work on a till.

An Asda spokesman said it did not have such a policy in place, "but if any colleague had a serious concern about anything then we'd look at that on a case-by-case basis".

Morrisons would "respect and work around anyone's wishes not to handle specific products for religious or cultural reasons", the Telegraph said.

M&S 'regrets not following' internal drinks policy

Marks and Spencer has said they "regret" that a Muslim member of staff was made to sell alcohol against her religious beliefs, after she refused to sell a customer a bottle.

An M&S spokeswoman said:

We regret that in the case highlighted we were not following our own internal policy.

Where we have an employee whose religious beliefs restrict food or drink they can handle, we work closely with our members of staff to place them in suitable role, such as in our clothing department or bakery in foods.

As a secular business we have an inclusive policy that welcomes all religious beliefs whether across our customer or employee base.

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M&S apologises over religious drinks rule policy

Marks & Spencer has apologised after a Muslim member of staff refused to sell a customer alcohol at a store in London.

The retailer said that where employees have religious beliefs that restrict what foods or drinks they can handle, it tries to place them in a "suitable role".

Marks and Spencer store sign as the company has apologised after a Muslim member of staff refused to sell a customer alcohol. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The case highlighted differences among retailers on whether religious staff should have to carry out certain jobs, the Telegraph said.

Sainsbury's guidelines say that there is no reason why staff who don't drink alcohol or eat pork on religious grounds could not handle them, the newspaper said, while Tesco said it made "no sense" for staff who refuse to touch items for religious reasons to work on a till.

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