Muslims Face Increasing Workplace Discrimination

September 19, 2005

Source: The Argus

On September 19, 2005 The Argus reported, "A Muslim engineer who works at a leading technology company is called a terrorist by his co-workers and told that on Halloween he should dress as one.

A teacher at a vocational college tells a Muslim student who wears a hijab, or head scarf, that she is not allowed to wear it, and if she does no American will hire her.

A pilot tells a Muslim employee at an airline company he looks like a terrorist.

These are all accounts of workplace harassment documented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in California. The report shows that 18 percent of harassment incidents occur at the workplace, second only to occurrences at government agencies at 19 percent, many of which are also employment-related cases.

According to the most recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report, charges of discrimination against Muslims � or those perceived to be Muslim, such as South Asians � has doubled nationwide from 1,100 to 2,168 since Sept. 11, 2001."