A woman has stopped teaching at a school in Sweden after she was told that she must greet her colleagues with a handshake if she wanted to continue working there.

Fardous El-Sakka had been doing shift work at Kunskapsskolan in Helsingborg, southern Sweden, since August. The 20-year-old, who is Muslim, chose not to shake hands with her male colleagues for religious reasons, instead opting to put her hand on her heart and bow.

When one of the male staff members took offence over her not shaking hands with him, El-Sakka was called to a meeting with the school's principal.

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