Anti-Muslim Discrimination

This week the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that we have previously reported on that was filed against Abercrombie & Fitch.  In that case, a Muslim teenager applied for a job and was denied the job because she wore a head scarf which the hiring manager believed did not coincide with

Way back on July 29, 2011 we wrote that an Oklahoma jury had awarded $20,000 in damages to a devout Muslim job applicant refused hiring by Abercrombie & Fitch when she appeared for an interview wearing a headscarf, or hijab, which she wore for religious reasons.  Abercrombie & Fitch argued that it has what it

The EEOC has just announced a new lawsuit on what has become a familiar topic – the alleged refusal of an employer, an Alabama nursing home, to accommodate a Muslim employee whose religious beliefs require her to wear a hijab, or head covering.   These religious discrimination cases relating to appearance are now almost cookie cutter

Incidents of harassment against Muslim and Arab employees have been on the rise, with virulent and racist epithets and slurs at the core.

On October 2, 2013 we reported on a national origin and religious discrimination case filing by the EEOC against a car dealership in Illinois,  alleging a hostile work environment created against Muslim

10028116_sThree Bengali-speaking Muslim restaurant kitchen employees in Toronto who were mocked and reprimanded for speaking Bengali, subjected to comments about “cleaning Bengali sh-t from the kitchen,” forced to eat pork in violation of their religious beliefs and to break their Ramadan fast, and then fired, have been found by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

19165404_sThe title is a little flip, but the subject matter of accommodation for religious practices is serious.

A Muslim employee of McDonald’s in Fresno requested a religious accommodation:  the right to grow a beard in accordance with his religious beliefs.  His request was refused and he was fired.  The EEOC sued and The Fresno Bee

For quite awhile we have reported about the EEOC’s targets as set forth in its Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP), and noted that “vulnerable worker” abuse and religious discrimination were in the cross-hairs.  Two new settlements emphasize this.

18936794_sThe EEOC has reported that it has settled a religious discrimination case for $100,000 filed against an

19557918_sIn a fascinating but disturbing story, The New York Times reports today that as part of “a so-called Charter of Quebec Values,” Quebec’s governing Parti Québécois “plans to forbid government employees to wear ‘overt and conspicuous’ religious symbols while on the job. Everyone from judges to teachers would have to doff their hijabs, kippas, niqabs,

13895925_sGreat article in today’s Wall Street Journal  (page B1) about employment discrimination in the workplace based upon religion – and the increasing number of claims filed by employees.  It discusses the cases which we have discussed over the last year or two, including the Abercrombie cases, and describes the fact patterns involving dress codes,