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Suit Alleges Discrimination Against Hijab
Web India 123 ^ | 07.26.2008 | UPI

Posted on 07/25/2008 8:17:32 PM PDT by Coffee200am

Two women claim in a lawsuit that a Michigan McDonald's refused to hire them because they wear the hijab, or Muslim headscarf.

Toi Whitfield of Detroit and Quiana Pugh of Dearborn say they were both told by managers at a McDonald's in Dearborn they would have to take off their hijabs to work, the Detroit Free Press reports. They filed a discrimination lawsuit Thursday in Detroit.

The Detroit area has one of the biggest Muslim communities in the United States, and the Dearborn McDonald's is one of only two restaurants in the chain that serves halal Chicken McNuggets that meet Muslim religious standards.

They'll take Muslim dollars, but won't hire Muslim female employees, said Dawud Walid, head of the Council on American Islamic Relations in Michigan.

The suit named McDonald's, the management company at the Dearborn store and the manager who allegedly refused to hire the two women.

A spokeswoman said the management company has a strict non-discrimination policy.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: dearborn; detroit; dresscodes; firstamendment; headscarf; islam; judiciary; korananimals; lawsuit; mcdonalds; mohammedanism; muslim; muslimamericans; muslimwomen; nuisancesuit; trop; workplace

1 posted on 07/25/2008 8:17:32 PM PDT by Coffee200am
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To: Coffee200am
They'll take Muslim dollars, but won't hire Muslim female employees

I agree that it's confusing and inconsistent --let McDonald's make it policy to refuse muslim dollars, by all means...

2 posted on 07/25/2008 8:32:10 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Coffee200am
The suit named McDonald's

Damn if you do and damn if you don't...

Now suppose the manager was a freakin' idiot and hired those two females with headgear... and suppose their headgear got caught in the french fry fryer... and the hot oil spilled on them...

How many of you would say that those women wouldn't sue McDonald's for creating a dangerous work environment?

And secondly... are those head gear sanitary? I am not sure I want to eat food prepared by someone with filthy turbans...

3 posted on 07/25/2008 8:36:34 PM PDT by John123 (Obambi said that he has been in 57 states. I will now light myself on fire...)
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To: gaijin
I agree that it's confusing and inconsistent --let McDonald's make it policy to refuse muslim dollars, by all means...

They'll pitch a fit if you refuse to serve them. I propose that they simply start putting bacon on everything on the menu. Lots of bacon.

4 posted on 07/25/2008 8:40:19 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: gaijin

muslims dollars? Are they paying in Saudi dinars or american dollars. If they are paying in american dollars, than its A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N dollars, not muslim dollars.

Then again, are we really shocked by any of this? The takeover is in its more advanced stages in europe, but this is all how it began.


5 posted on 07/25/2008 8:47:00 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: gaijin
Whitfield and Pugh.

Ah!- a fine pair of American lassies of old English descent, I'll be bound. Breaking with the old faith possibly. LOL

6 posted on 07/25/2008 8:47:14 PM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: Coffee200am

We need tort reform so that when these women lose they pay McDonald’s legal expenses.


7 posted on 07/25/2008 8:48:55 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: Coffee200am

I thought these muslim women couldn’t go anywhere without a male relative. How could they work? Isn’t against their religion? Specially the ones who wear the hijab(sp?).


8 posted on 07/25/2008 8:51:47 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: tacticalogic

Gee, I can see many lawsuits in the future of McDonalds if this idea catches on.

The Musies are using our legal system to subvert us, and they are well on their way to success. As long our courts are willing to kowtow to their arguments, and are afraid to protect our constitutional rights as Americans … we will lose.


9 posted on 07/25/2008 8:57:51 PM PDT by doc1019 (I was taught to respect my elders, but it's getting harder to find one.)
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To: Peter Libra; gaijin
Correction to my post on Whitfield and Pugh.

Both are African-Americans born in the USA of course. Toi Whitfield is on face book. Nothing against these young women but..... could it be a deliberate ploy for damages?.

I would venture conditions would be well nigh intolerable for any heavily clad woman - unless they were at the counter.

10 posted on 07/25/2008 9:01:35 PM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: doc1019

MacDonald’s may have set themselves up for this by having a hitory of caving in to demands by intentional victims.


11 posted on 07/25/2008 9:03:13 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: doc1019

If hired, they’d no doubt sue because they would have to make a Sausage McGriddle.


12 posted on 07/25/2008 9:03:36 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Coffee200am

Doesn’t McDonald’s have a dress code? They should be free to set whatever dress code they want. It’s for the potential employees to meet the rules. They should tell CAIR to go pound sand.


13 posted on 07/25/2008 9:05:50 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: TruthConquers
The requirement that women not go anywhere without a male relative is a Saudi law, and does not apply to women getting in a taxi with a non-relative taxi driver or the family driver who would be a household servant and not a relative. It also does not apply to women going to women only clubs, parks, beaches, hotels and women only hours at shopping malls. As far as I know, it is only a requirement in Saudi Arabia. It does not apply in Yemen, Oman or the United Arab Emirates. Women work, go unescorted and drive cars in all these countries. Hijab is customary in these countries also, but not required. And you will see every form of it in the UAE. From farm women who put a baseball cap on top of the scarf while herding goats to complete head and face coverings, to designer scarves loosely placed so as to show almost all of an exquisite salon hairstyle. Lebanese, Egyptians and Iranian women in the UAE almost never wear hijab, especially the younger ones. Saudi and Yemeni women will be more covered. It is really more of a cultural thing.

In the US, hijab is worn merely as an “in your face” political statement.

14 posted on 07/25/2008 9:24:31 PM PDT by Cheesehead In Dubai (used to be Cheesehead in Texas, but I moved)
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To: TruthConquers

How can they serve a customer who wants hotcakes and sausage, or an egg Mcmuffin? Doesn’t that violate their religion?


15 posted on 07/25/2008 9:35:57 PM PDT by boop (Democracy is the theory that the people get the government they deserve, good and hard.)
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To: Coffee200am

Doubt this will go anywhere.

Michigan is not a “right to work” state. They have “no right to work.” They have no right to be hired.


16 posted on 07/25/2008 9:47:06 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: gaijin

I thought they were AMERICAN dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!


17 posted on 07/25/2008 10:01:25 PM PDT by irishtenor (Check out my blog at http://boompa53.blogspot.com/)
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To: Coffee200am

Is there a Hooter’s in Dearborn they could try instead???


18 posted on 07/25/2008 10:05:44 PM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 2008)
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To: Coffee200am

A woman wearing a hijab is like a Jew wearing a swastika. Turkey has the right idea—ban it in public.


19 posted on 07/26/2008 12:29:47 AM PDT by compound w
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To: Coffee200am

What are the chances that these Black Muslims are ‘operatives’ of the New Black Panthers or similar?


20 posted on 07/26/2008 3:50:47 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: Coffee200am

What is the probability that these two sought employment at
McDonalds for the SOLE PURPOSE of having their hijab challenged -for the purposes of a lawsuit? Eh?


21 posted on 07/26/2008 10:09:33 AM PDT by doberville
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To: Cheesehead In Dubai
In the US, hijab is worn merely as an “in your face” political statement.

I could not agree more.

It is also a "marker" to identify the woman as "one of our own" by Muslim men, putting them off-limits for uncouth behavior, or worse, that is acceptable to be directed to infidel women.

See rape in Scandinavia, where it is being used as a weapon by immigrant Muslims against the native Swedes, Norwegians and Danes.

22 posted on 07/26/2008 11:07:49 PM PDT by happygrl
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To: happygrl
The appropriate response to uncouth behavior is “You are not supposed to be looking at/talking to me. You are a pervert and I am going to call the police.” Works every time.

I have not had any problems in UAE, Oman, Egypt or Yemen with clothing. I got moved to the front of the immigration line in Oman once when I was wearing an abaya and head scarf. Everyone else was Canadian and they were wearing shorts and tank tops, which is basically underwear in the middle east. Imagine a bus load of tourists showing up to US customs and immigration in their underwear and that's how beach wear worn anywhere but the beach/swimming pool is perceived here in the middle east. I bet that was the funniest thing those guys at the border post saw all day.

As to the rape of Scandinavian girls, maybe they need the same punishments in Scandinavia as they have here in UAE . . . lengthy jail sentences, followed by deportation of the entire family and a lifetime ban of re-entry and biometric scanning to make sure.

23 posted on 07/27/2008 10:29:26 AM PDT by Cheesehead In Dubai (used to be Cheesehead in Texas, but I moved)
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