To maintain ‘neutral environment’, Muslim woman fired from work for wearing hijab in US

The employer asked her to remove it because the Islamic head scarf would offend patients and he wanted to keep religion out of the office.

By: PTI | Washington | Published:August 7, 2016 2:58 pm
hijab, niqab, burqa, veil, face veil, muslim clothes, religious outfits, religious dresses, ethnic wear, fired from work for hijab, muslims women hijab, usa news, latest news Employeer was quoted as saying that open displays of religion are not allowed at his business because he wants to keep it neutral.

In a case of alleged discrimination in the US, a young Muslim woman was fired from her job at a dental clinic for wearing a hijab as her employer wanted to keep a “neutral environment” in office. Najaf Khan, who was hired as a dental assistant at Fair Oaks Dental Care in Fairfax County, Virginia, said she was fired from the new job because she wore a Muslim head scarf to work.

“I was really upset. The day that it happened, I was devastated,” Najaf told NBC Washington.

She did not wear the hijab for her interview or on the first two days of employment. On the third day, she chose to wear it because Najaf felt that she would stay at the job and wearing it was part of her spiritual journey.

At work that day, she said the owner of Fair Oaks Dental Care, Dr Chuck Joo, told her to take off the hijab.

Joo told her that they wanted to keep a “neutral environment” in office. The employer asked her to remove it because the Islamic head scarf would offend patients and he wanted to keep religion out of the office.

Khan said Joo gave her an ultimatum — she could continue wearing the scarf and be fired or work without it.

“When I said that I would not compromise my religion for that, he held the door open for me and I walked out,” Khan said.

Joo was quoted as saying that open displays of religion are not allowed at his business because he wants to keep it
neutral. If his employees want to wear a hat, it must be a surgical hat for sanitary reasons, Joo said.

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Reacting to the case, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) said, “No employee should face termination
because of his or her faith or religious practices. We call on Fair Oaks Dental Care to reinstate the Muslim employee and to offer her reasonable religious accommodation as mandated by law.”

Najaf said she would likely refuse an offer to return to the dental office.

“I was astonished because he (boss) had been saying I had been doing so well. I received an email Friday morning (July 29) saying how much positive enthusiasm I was bringing into the dental office,” she told Fox News.

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  1. I
    Aug 7, 2016 at 11:46 am
    Isn't it kind of fraudulent for her not tonly wear the hijab for the interview but then wear it once she gets the job? Oh sorry - I'm being "communal" by even asking this.
    1. D
      Aug 7, 2016 at 1:41 pm
      Yes I agree with USA all this people wearing hijab should be removed from Company's
    2. Y
      Aug 8, 2016 at 3:14 am
      Democracy , self empowerment without truth is not a democracy but a hi ndu mon key ism, croo ked demagoguery , a tool to hind fool humanity in to gentile ism slavery of hin du crooked men, pretending to be the lords of humanity, one has to be a h indu slave to , give up his/her choice to live as, she/ he likes to live.
      1. Y
        Aug 7, 2016 at 10:11 pm
        Hijab is not of any man made religion or tradition, but of the law, the limit followed to protect a woman from invitational exposure lawlessness, just as a gown or head cover in surgical enviorment to avoide transmission of germs, she should be apologized for ignorant behavior of the owner of the business, and compensated as well, or his silence to practice be canceled, for violating consutional rights of a US citizen.
        1. Y
          Aug 7, 2016 at 11:28 pm
          Nothing more then hind uism ignorance, from a believer of indec hindu ism inner self illegality, who does not know hin duism immorality of hindrance to truth hind uism denial of truth, hind ra pist of women man gods to, their hin du rapist followers, it is better to take action to avoid source of illness then, to teat a illness caused by carelessness. way of human, not of hin dus neanderthals, self centered.
          1. Y
            Aug 7, 2016 at 11:32 pm
            Please learn the difference between hin du political and legal acts, you are very confused between your desire, and the law, the limit, one ha no power to manite.
            1. Y
              Aug 8, 2016 at 6:34 am
              Ya, hindus criminals are always in fear of law abiding human, like Muslims, understood very well.
              1. J
                Aug 7, 2016 at 2:05 pm
                Simple:lt;br/gt;Interview-no hijablt;br/gt;Work-hijablt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Case dismissed!
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