A Canadian Muslim woman refused to remove her hijab as required in her employers safety rules, and was promptly fired. Later she tried to claim that she was fired due to Islamophobia.
CBC News reported that Amino Rashid, 24, and two of her fellow Muslim colleagues claimed they were all fired from Husky Energy because of their religious beliefs.
“He shouted from the other side of the room ‘Hey you,’” said Rashid. “My hijab he referred to it as a hoodie. He said that if he doesn’t get to wear a hoodie then I’m not allowed to wear it either. And I told him it’s not a hoodie, it’s a religious head scarf.”
The manager informed the women that in order to adhere to the company’s dress code, they must remove their hijabs. They were then fired when they refused to cooperate.
Rashid’s story has started a online debate, with many insisting it was a case of Islamophobia or ignorance while others argued it was about safety.
“It’s a huge safety issue! No hoodies or baggy clothes that can get caught in machinery,” one person.
A long-time oil industry worker who wrote, “any head covering, hoodie, raincoat hood first had to be fire retardant,” adding the items could also cause a blind spot “and people have been hit by moving equipment from this. My question is at what point do you draw a line?”
Hired as a safety watch, Rashid job was to look out for the safety of her coworkers, including watching what they wear.
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