- A 22-year-old lady identified as Stefanae Coleman became a victim of religious intolerance at her place of work when she was asked to leave for wearing a hijab
- Coleman, who worked at Chicken Express in Texas, United States, says she converted to Islam in August and was hired by the restaurant in October 2019
- The restaurant, however, apologised for discriminating against Coleman and asked the latter to resume
A fast-food restaurant in Texas exhibited an act of religious intolerance when it asked an employee to leave because she was wearing a hijab.
The employee identified as Stefanae Coleman said she felt disrespected when her manager and her coworkers at the restaurant asked her to take off the hijab, CBS News reports.
Legit.ng gathers 22-year-old Coleman converted to Islam in August and was hired by Chicken Express in October 2019.
She said: "You shouldn't have to retrain people to respect people's religion because that's something people should already have knowledge of."
Coleman said she told her coworkers she would start wearing a hijab soon. But when she started wearing it on Monday, she said, she was not welcomed by her co-workers.
According to Coleman, her manager told her she could only wear "Chicken Express-branded" clothing.
However, the restaurant has apologised to Coleman and asked her to resume work. But after she returned to work, Coleman said she could feel the tension as soon as she stepped into the restaurant, adding that she did not want to be in that environment.
Rhett Warren, an attorney for the Chicken Express franchise owner, said: "The manager was using a strict interpretation of the company policy that does not allow derivations from the standard employee uniform, and he unfortunately did not take religious liberty into consideration."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the request of one of the first female Muslim members of the United States Congress, Ilhan Omar, to be allowed to wear hijab when she is on the floor of the House to vote and give speeches, was granted.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi House rules committee chairman Jim McGovern backed Omar in her request and included it in the rules package they released on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.
Omar, who was sworn in on Thursday, January 1, had been vocal about her desire to wear her head scarf on the floor of the House.
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