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Discrimination against Muslim employees is on the rise


Here is a story that is not a big surprise: A record number of Muslim workers are complaining of employment discrimination, from co-workers calling them “terrorist”  to employers barring them from wearing head scarves or taking prayer breaks.

Muslim workers filed a record 803 such claims in the year ended September 30, up 20 percent from the previous year and up nearly 60 percent from 2005.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found enough merit in some of the complaints that it has filed several lawsuits on behalf of Muslim workers.

Although Muslims make up less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for about one-quarter of the 3,386 religious discrimination claims filed with the EEOC last year.

Here is a post I did a few months ago with ideas for accommodating religious differences.  The EEOC also has good information at its website.

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