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June 28th, 2011
05:33 AM ET

Question of the Day: Should a Muslim worker be fired for refusing to take off a head scarf for religious reasons?

Hani Kahn, a 20-year-old American Muslim woman, is suing clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, claiming that she was fired when she refused to remove her religious headscarf, called a hijab, while working at one of the company's  Hollister Co. stores in San Mateo, California.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined that Khan was wrongfully fired and has also filed suit against the company.

In a statement released by Abercrombie & Fitch to CNN's affiliate, the company said that they are "committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of race or ethnicity."

American Morning wants to know: Should a Muslim worker be fired for refusing to take off a head scarf for religious reasons?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.


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  1. pyost

    Many years ago, I (a catholic girl) was told that I could not wear a cross on my necklace by Mormon boss. Not sure what I think, but I agree that it should have been addressed at her interview. Who wants to work for them anyway, it stinks in the store, it is so loud you can't hear yourself think, too expensive, and they only cater to small statured women.

    June 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  2. alf564

    Yes, she is working and has to leave her religion at home....

    June 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  3. Hencys

    I believe many employers have a dress code which every employee should follow. There was definitely a misunderstanding in this particular issue and wasn't clarified soon enough. If the brand is promoting a specific fashion or style, it is normal that they have their employees dressing up in a similar way. It happens many times in stores around the country (is a marketing strategy). I have experienced that myself, and if I don't agree with it, I'm FREE to look for another job. I don't have to sue the company because I want to impose my own. It is clear that now and days in America, every little petty thing is racist, and of course, there are the hungry lawyers showing these people their business cards. Is not about integrity anymore is all about racist or discrimination, and how can you find a way to sue and get easy money. I’m an emigrant and so is my entire family. If we decided to live in America we accommodated ourselves to the American life style, we didn’t expect America to accommodate to ours. We embraced the culture without forgetting were we come from. Is not like that anymore, therefore, there’s so much confusion.

    June 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  4. Vinny Varvaro

    She should not be fired due to the lack of communication by her employer. Why wasn't this addressed before her first day. They never should have hired her if that were the case.

    June 28, 2011 at 6:10 am |