Sweden's National Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) has decided not to appeal its fine for discriminating against a Muslim man who had his benefits withdrawn after refusing to shake the hand of Jeanette Löding, the female CEO of a firm with which he was seeking employment.

"We have worked hard so that women and men can be seen as equals in the workplace. If feels like we have slipped back a few steps here," Jeanette Löding, CEO of Melament AB told The Local on Wednesday regarding the court's decision.

The agency explained that it had decided to accept the Stockholm District Court decision to award the 28-year-old Muslim man 60,000 kronor in compensation as it felt that there was insufficient evidence to prove that discrimination had not taken place.

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