A Virginia woman has been complaining to media outfits after she says she was fired from her job after she refused to remove her hijab, which she of course says she has to wear for “religious reasons”. However, her new employer says she showed up for the interview, and first few days on the job, WITHOUT her hijab.
Najaf Khan was hired as a dental assistant at Fair Oaks Dental Care in Fairfax County, Virginia. She passed the interview with flying colors, appearing to be a kindly, well-educated woman who could handle the job. She came to her interviews dressed properly in business interview attire. Once she was hired, she came to work dressed the same for her first two days.
On the third day, she decided she would wear her hijab. Dr. Chuck Joo, the owner of Fair Oaks Dental Care, wasn’t going to take that. He held the door open for her and said that she can either take off the hijab, or walk out.
Khan walked out, saying she wouldn’t compromise her religion for a job.
Dr. Chuck Joo says that religious garments of any kind are banned from his workplace, as he wants to keep a neutral toned office that won’t offend anyone.
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Too told WRC-TV that he does not allow religious displays on the job because he wants to keep the environment neutral. If employees want to wear hats, he said, they must be surgical hats.“No employee should face termination because of his or her faith or religious practices. We call on Fair Oaks Dental Care to reinstate the Muslim employee and to offer her reasonable religious accommodation as mandated by law,” the Council on American Islamic Relations said in a statement following the incident.Khan said that she would not return if she was offered her job back, as she has no interest in working with someone “so close-minded.”Many readers defended Joo’s decision and stance on the issue, explaining that there were sanitary risks involved with wearing a hat or scarf of any kind while on the job.“She set him up as bait! False representation at interview and first few days! Then show up wearing the hijab! Sterile conditions and protective measures must be maintained! Come on people! This is a dental office!” one Newsiosity reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.“Did she ‘compromise her religion’ when she didn’t wear the scarf during the interview and first 2 days? Seems like she wants to stir up trouble,” another reader questioned.