Muslims face discrimination in workplace

Era of global religious conflict creates unfair employment practices
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/28/2006

Since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, Muslim Canadians have had problems travelling to the United States and have faced increased prejudices in all aspects of life, especially at work.

The most vulnerable to racism and discrimination are Muslim women who wear the hijab, the religious head scarf that announces to the world that the woman is a practising Muslim, said Faisal Kutty, the general counsel for the Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association.

“Right after 9/11 we were getting a lot of calls from people whose employers had previously not had any problem with their praying at work and all of a sudden there was a problem,” said Kutty, who helps Muslims fight discrimination in the workplace.