There is something strange going on in the Show-Me State. A day after I heard the Missouri Highway Patrol was called into a job site in Hannibal, MO because neighbors were suspicions that a group of Mexicans where working on a construction site without any other indication of them being in the country illegally other than the fact that they spoke Spanish, word now has it that a Muslim sister lost her job in customer-service call center in St. Charles County because she wore hijab.
If you read from the story you will see that the employer, Client Services, Inc., told the sister that her hijab would get in the way of the headset! Now, if that is not a line of bull I do not know what is. I have worked in several call-centers and have seen Muslim sisters do their job just fine and they are a breath of fresh air from the scantily-clad women you usually see at such jobs.
Unless there are a lot of facts that we do not know this seems like a clear and blatant case of discrimination against a Muslim in the workplace and at this point the EEOC is on the side of the sister Mariam Soultan masha‘Allah. The guy might as well have come out and said “hey, we don’t want any ragheads working here and if I could get by with it I would fire all the n###### and sp### too.”
On a side not for those of you who are not familiar with the area; St. Charles County is the most Republican county in the state of Missouri and very conservative and is home to a lot of militant Evangelical mega-churches. Whether the political and religious climate in this county had to do with anything I don’t know; but you cannot discount the fact that this company may have felt that in such a conservative county they were immune to the rules.
Readers, want to get some good deeds? I encourage you to call Client Services, Inc. and politely tell them that you are a Muslim sister who wears hijab and you can talk on the phone just fine or, if you are a brother on non-hijabi, tell them of your wives, family and friends
The numbers are636-947-2321 or 636-925-2357
Ask for CEO John L.