A Muslim caregiver in Sweden has caused controversy after she refused to purchase a Christmas ham for one of her company's clients, saying that it violated her religious beliefs.

The case was brought before the local government council in the Swedish city of Trollhättan, where it was claimed that the elderly woman had been wronged after the Muslim caregiver had refused to buy certain food items she had been paid to pick up.

The incident sparked a debate in the community, leading local Liberal Party member Eva Castberger to pen an article for newspaper TTela in which she argued that the religion of the caregiver should not have mattered and she should have carried out the tasks she was paid to perform.

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