Two Muslim women said they were denied jobs at a McDonald’s restaurant in Dearborn because they wore Islamic headscarves, according to a discrimination lawsuit filed Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court.
Toi Whitfield, 20, of Detroit and Quiana Pugh, 25, of Dearborn said they applied for jobs at the McDonald’s on Ford Road in the eastern section of Dearborn but were told by the store manager, “You’re not going to work here if you don’t remove” the headscarf, known as a hijab.
A spokeswoman for McDonald’s said the management company that runs the Dearborn restaurant “has a strict policy prohibiting any form of discrimination.”
The Dearborn restaurant is one of only two McDonald’s restaurants in the United States that sells Chicken McNuggets that are halal, the Muslim equivalent of kosher. In recent years, a number of corporate restaurants in Dearborn have started selling halal meat in order to tap into the growing Muslim customer base.
Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said it’s upsetting that a restaurant with such a large Muslim community around it would discriminate against Muslim women seeking jobs.
“They’ll take Muslim dollars, but won’t hire Muslim female employees,” Walid said. (MORE)