Wearing Religious Attire in the Workplace: It's Your Right!

If your employer ever tells you that you can't wear religious attire at work, tell him or her about Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects people of all religious beliefs and requires employers to provide "reasonable accommodation" to allow employees to practice their religion.

Take, for example, the case of Bilan Nur, a refugee from Somalia who got a job at Alamo Car Rental in Phoenix and wore a hijab, or headscarf, during Ramadan. When met with resistance about wearing the hijab, after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Nur agreed to wear a company-approved scarf with the Alamo Car Rental logo on it. Still, eight days before Ramadan ended in December 2001, the company fired Nur and declared her ineligible for rehire. (MORE)


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