In Virginia, Najaf Khan was hired as a dental assistant at Fair Oaks Dental Care then reportedly fired three days later because she refused to take off her hijab at work.
Dr. Chuck Joo, the owner of Fair Oaks Dental Care, informed her to take off her hijab or be fired. Thoes were her only choices.
“When I said that I would not compromise my religion for that, he held the door open for me and I walked out,” Khan told WRC-TV. “I was really upset. The day that it happened, I was devastated.”
She did say she didn’t her hijab to the interview for the position or on her first two days of employment.
Dr. Chuck Joo responded back with he does not allow religious displays on the job because he wants to keep the environment neutral. The only hat that are allowed in his office are 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.”
A lot of social media commentors defended Dr. Joo’s decision, 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 person posted on their 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.
Sources: WRC-TV, Newsiosity