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Norway fines hairdresser for refusing Muslim in hijab

  • Malika Bayan sits in a in court in Stavanger Norway Thursday Sept. 8, 2016. A Norwegian court  Monday Sept. 12, 2016  found  hairdresser Merete Hodne  guilty of discrimination for refusing to serve a Muslim woman Malika Bayan who was wearing a hijab. The Jaeren District Court on Monday fined Merete Hodne 10,000 kroner ($1,200) and ordered her to pay 5,000 kroner in court costs.  (Carina Johansen/NTB Scanpix via AP)

    Malika Bayan sits in a in court in Stavanger Norway Thursday Sept. 8, 2016. A Norwegian court Monday Sept. 12, 2016 found hairdresser Merete Hodne guilty of discrimination for refusing to serve a Muslim woman Malika Bayan who was wearing a hijab. The Jaeren District Court on Monday fined Merete Hodne 10,000 kroner ($1,200) and ordered her to pay 5,000 kroner in court costs. (Carina Johansen/NTB Scanpix via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Norwegian hairdresser Merete Hodne sits in a in court in Stavanger Norway Thursday Sept. 8, 2016. A Norwegian court  Monday Sept. 12, 2016  found  hairdresser Merete Hodne  guilty of discrimination for refusing to serve a Muslim woman Malika Bayan who was wearing a hijab. The Jaeren District Court on Monday fined Merete Hodne 10,000 kroner ($1,200) and ordered her to pay 5,000 kroner in court costs.  (Carina Johansen/NTB Scanpix via AP)

    Norwegian hairdresser Merete Hodne sits in a in court in Stavanger Norway Thursday Sept. 8, 2016. A Norwegian court Monday Sept. 12, 2016 found hairdresser Merete Hodne guilty of discrimination for refusing to serve a Muslim woman Malika Bayan who was wearing a hijab. The Jaeren District Court on Monday fined Merete Hodne 10,000 kroner ($1,200) and ordered her to pay 5,000 kroner in court costs. (Carina Johansen/NTB Scanpix via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Norwegian court has found a hairdresser guilty of discrimination for refusing to serve a Muslim woman wearing a hijab.

The Jaeren District Court on Monday fined Merete Hodne 10,000 kroner ($1,200) and ordered her to pay 5,000 kroner in court costs. The 47-year-old hairdresser's lawyer, Linda Ellefsen Eide, said they will appeal.

Court papers state that Hodne told Malika Bayan during an October visit to the salon near the city of Stavanger she would not serve "people like her, go and find somewhere else." Bayan was accompanied by a friend, and both women wore hijabs.

The court found that Hodne "had intentionally discriminated against Bayan and shooed her away from the salon because (she) was a Muslim." It said the hairdresser previously was involved in several organizations critical of Islam.