Monday, October 24, 2011
Hijab in the Workplace
The topic of hijab (the cloth which covers the hair of Muslim women) has been garnering attention around the world for many years, affecting law in France, causing conflict in US courts, spurring cries of discrimination at an amusement park in the US, even inciting a woman's murder in a court in Germany, as well as a multitude of various other worldwide incidents linked to wearing hijab.
Are you a woman who has worn hijab in the workplace? Has your experience been positive or negative?
If you didn't wear hijab and then later decided to do so, did you place it on one day and show up to work with it unexpectedly? If so, how did your colleagues react?
Did you tell a superior or other colleagues that you wanted to start wearing hijab first? If so, what were the responses and how did they react once you started wearing it?
What are your thoughts on discussing your plan to begin wearing hijab first verses just showing up one day with hijab on?
Have any of you interviewed for a position without hijab and then later began working with hijab?
Are there certain working environments that seem to be more hijab-friendly than others? What environments have seemed hostile?
If you do not wear hijab but have experienced interaction with a hijabi worker, what was your impression of the encounter?
If you'd like to participate in this discussion focusing on hijab in the workplace, please be sure to indicate in your comments what country your encounters occurred in, since this factor can greatly influence one's experience.
For great tips and demonstrations on wearing hijab, check out HijabTrendz Channel on youtube.