How should a Muslim woman in Western society begin dressing in hijab?
Specifically, in terms of career in an office/corporate environment... Should she just show up to work one day with her headscarf? Or should she tell someone / ask a superior before hand?
Most office/corporate environments in the US will allow a Muslim woman to wear her hijab. Although it may not be stated, it will probably be expected that the hijab fit in with the corporate culture of the organization (match the rest of her outfit in terms of color and style, etc.).
I would definitely recommend speaking with a supervisor or someone in human resources beforehand. However, there's nothing to fear as she'll likely receive a positive response. If she has a problem with other co-workers, she will have already reached out to her superior or HR and established a dialogue on the issue.
If it fits within the company dress code - which I'm pretty sure in most places it would - then there is no reason she couldn't. Nor should she have to check with the superior.
Dress codes exist for reasons like professionalism, and safety. USUALLY a hijab would not present a bother for either of these - unless it was loose fitting and the woman worked in a factory or such with fast moving machinery near head height, or that it could get caught in. Professionally, I can't see it being a problem, unless they are front of house and wear the face covering also.
If the rest of the office don't know she's muslim, then she should be prepared for questions, mostly enquiring. But otherwise, all should be fine.
(SHOULD, doesn't always mean it WILL be...people are people, and some aren't very nice!)
Actually, she does not legally need to ask permission. She can show up wearing her hijab or headscarf if she decides to. Hijab is a personal decision but is protected by several US federal laws. So if an employer or superior has an issue with it, you...er...she can sue the company for discrimination. Here are just a few laws that support a Muslim woman's right to wear hijab.
The First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment and numerous federal civil rights laws bar federal and state officials and private sectors from discriminating against women who practice hijab.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)
Federal civil rights law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibits an employer from firing, refusing to hire, or disciplining a woman because of religious practices like hijab.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) specifically states that refusing to hire someone because of a concern that customers or co-workers may be “uncomfortable” with hijab is illegal.
And of course, there are case laws regarding this topic. Here are just a couple of lawsuits to follow up on:
Muslim woman sues Disney
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08 … -work?lite
Abercrombie & Fitch pays out $71,000 to settle lawsuits over hijabs
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/s … ad-scarves
The are just a few of the laws. I have had my own problems of discrimination from co-workers. But honestly, it is the customers that pose a bigger threat. I have been spit at, verbally abused, and I have been followed home and physically assaulted on several occasions. I can only speak of my location when it comes to the police department, but here they don't care and sweep it under the rug, despite it being a hate crime. I just don't report it anymore.
If you, or whoever the woman is, wants to wear hijab to work, I say MashAllah! You, or she, gives Muslimahs all over the world inspiration and strength to persevere through all of the crap we have to deal with. But in the end, the law is on our side even if it has to be hashed out in court.
by Ahmed Med 5 years ago
What do you know about the hijab؟Beauty is a gift from God, is it necessary to hide some of it in order to serve the community?
by Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago
ruthless and predatory? What are the remedies that YOU would suggest to make Western society more evolved and less predatory?
by nitishchaudhary 5 years ago
Which is the Superior Religion on Earth Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and why ?
by arthriticknee 8 years ago
There is no Atheist text.This ensures Atheists can't manipulate the ambiguous writings from 2,000 - 3,000 years ago to justify their actions.As far as I am aware, no one has committed mass murder in there name of there being no God.The vast majority of modern religions have had countless atrocities...
by usmanali81 9 years ago
This is the story of a martyred Sister Sherbeni, who embraced Shahadat while trying to uphold the ruling of Hijab in Islam. We are proud of our Sister who didnt sell her dignity, honor and respect for cheap. Rather, she did what Allah told her to do and gave her life for the same. Allah grant her...
by Disappearinghead 4 years ago
I was just reading a post on another thread about the 10 commandments and the subject of adultery was raised. The point was that the apparent imbalance between the sexes regarding the law was that women had a lower status in the Hebrew culture. Fair enough. However this raises the issue that the...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|