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Bare feet, head scarf

Interesting news today about the Muslim woman in Dover who was reinstated at her job at Bare Feet Shoes after she had been canned for refusing to remove her religious hair scarf.

Bare feet, head scarf

Interesting news today about the Muslim woman in Dover who was reinstated at her job at  Bare Feet Shoes after she had been canned for refusing to remove her religious hair scarf.

Khadijah Campbell, 23, who moved from Philadelphia to Dover, was interviewed wearing her hijab and was hired on the spot on Oct. 6. The next day, on her first day of work, a district manager visited the store and ordered her to remove the scarf or work in the stock room. She refused and lost her job. On Monday, an organization that represents Muslims complained to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and on Tuesday, she was hired back, she said.

She said she doesn't plan to return.

I wish that she would, if she liked the job in the first place. The best way for all of us to become accustomed to things that are different is for us to be exposed to them, especially when there's no chance that wearing the scarf will interfere with the work. 

But, what if Campbell had been wearing the type of scarf that covered everything but her eyes?  Would that make things different? In today's culture, where the wearing of those types of head scarves is still relatively rare, would sales be impacted if customers can't see the face of the sales person? If so, how should those issues be resolved?     

Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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