No doubt the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., have had a dramatic effect on the workplace for employees who are, or are perceived to be, Muslim or Middle Eastern.
Managers must be aware that discrimination in the workplace based on religion, national origin or race is prohibited by federal and state laws.
Here are some scenarios in Q&A format, compiled by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to help managers ensure that their workplaces are bias-free:
1. Aliyyah, a Muslim woman who wears a hijab (or head covering), applies for a position as a cashier at Discount Goods. An assistant store manager fears that Aliyyah’s religious attire will make customers uncomfortable. What should the assistant manager do?
The assistant manager should not deny Aliyyah the job due to customer preferences about religious attire. This would be the same as refusing to hire Aliyyah because she is Muslim. It would be ...(register to read more)