Sheik yer’mami reported here: Texas: Clinic With Balls Rejects Hijab in the Workplace and predicted the resistance to the Islamic mummenschantz would not last longer than 10 days. Sorry to say, folks: Â the resistance went down in the third round…
Dr. Hena Zaki applied forÂ a jobÂ at a North TexasÂand says officials told her she couldn’t wear her traditional headscarf.
CAIR told CareNow to 1) offer the Muslim applicant a position for which she is qualified and to allow her to wear her Islamic head scarf, 2) provide the applicant with a formal written apology, 3) clarify CareNow’s policy on religious accommodation issues and allow a religious exemption to the“no-hat” policy, 4) institute workplace sensitivity and diversity training for staff, and 5) compensate the Muslim applicant for the emotional distress she has suffered as a result of the discrimination.
DALLAS Â â€”Â A suburban DallasÂ medical clinicÂ has apologized to aÂ MuslimÂ doctor for telling her duringÂ a jobÂ interview that she would not be allowed to wear her headscarf while at work.
Dr. Hena Zaki of Plano said Friday thatÂ she was shocked when officials at CareNow, which operates 22 clinics in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, told her in person and later by e-mail that a no-hatÂ policyÂ extended to her hijab.
Zaki had been on a tour of a CareNow clinic in Allen, Texas, two weeks ago when she said the regional medical director told her he didn’t want her to be surprised about theÂ policyÂ during orientation.
“He interrupted the interview and said he didn’t want me to take this the wrong way,” Zaki said. “Like an FYI.”
Zaki demanded an apology and a change in CareNow’s policies to accommodate expressions ofÂ religiousÂ belief â€” “whether it be a turban orÂ facialÂ hair.”
On Friday, CareNow President Tim Miller toldÂ the AssociatedÂ Press:Â “I would apologize for any misunderstanding, definitely … but I don’t really feel like there is anything that we did that is wrong and ourÂ policyÂ is wrong.”
The next day, as reported by MyFoxDallas/Fort Worth, Miller wrote in a statement:
“We apologize to Dr. Zaki for the misunderstanding. We will clarify ourÂ policy, and will continue our ongoingÂ sensitivity training.”
“Care Now has madeÂ religiousÂ accommodations for employees in the past,” he said, adding that the company is interested in “sitting down with Dr. Zaki and discussingÂ a job.”
CareNow says it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion or national origin when making employment decisions. TheÂ CivilÂ RightsAct requires companies to make accommodations for employees’Â religiousÂ beliefs.