Wednesday, April 19, 2006

VA MUSLIM JIFFY LUBE EMPLOYEE ALLOWED TO WEAR ISLAMIC SCARF

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/13/2006) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced that a Muslim Jiffy Lube employee in Virginia will now be allowed to wear a religiously-mandated headscarf, or hijab, in the workplace. SEE: http://jiffylube.com/

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says the Muslim employee, who works at a Jiffy Lube in Leesburg, Va., was initially told she could not wear her hijab because of a "no hats" policy. Following CAIR's intervention in the case, company officials agreed to allow the headscarf and apologized to the Muslim employee.

"We appreciate Jiffy Lube's quick action in this case and hope that managers nationwide will be reminded of the legal obligation to accommodate the religious practices of employees," said CAIR Civil Rights Manager Khadija Athman.

Athman said CAIR publishes a booklet, called "An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," designed to prevent just such incidents. The booklet is available by e-mailing: pubs@cair-net.org (Include name, address and phone number when requesting the booklet.)

She noted that an article published recently by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) outlined issues faced by Muslims and Islam in the workplace. (See excerpts from article below.)

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Jiffy Lube International is a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company with more than 2200 service centers in the U.S. and Canada.

CAIR

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