Letter: Muslim woman concerned about workplace discrimination
I have noticed an issue that I believe needs adjustment: Discrimination in the workplace.
Discrimination in the workplace is becoming more common now due to misconceptions about certain religions and ethnicity.
The reason why this concerns me so dearly is because I am a Muslim girl who observes the Hijab (head covering) and in the near future I plan on pursuing my career. However, I do not want discrimination to hinder my opportunity to thrive and become a well-respected working woman. Discrimination has affected my sister's job search. She also happens to observe the Hijab.
In December 2011, she graduated with her master's in International Studies from the University of San Francisco. In January 2012, she began her job search and till this day she has been called on a total of three interviews and at each one she was told that she had incredible credentials and was an articulate individual who matched what the organization was looking for.
Yet, she was not offered the position.
She is still searching for a position more than a year after graduating. I have come to the conclusion that while my sister is an excellent candidate on paper, her observance of the Hijab — despite her overall well-maintained professional appearance — has hindered her chances.
Why should it matter what one looks like or what religion they practice? The only things that should matter are their qualifications and ability to get the job done efficiently. Although current policies against discrimination in the workplace and hiring process exist, stronger enforcement and penalties should be implemented.