President Barack Obama once said that the United States is a place where people from different places and races join hands and together push this great country forward. Over the years, the U.S. has been home to millions of immigrants from people all across the globe. These people went to the country not just to earn a living so they could remit something to their loved ones back home but have also put in their time and effort to come up with their contribution to the US’s economy. These talents and skills that these immigrants have shared are more than enough reason for the nation to be thankful to them.
Discrimination in the workplace still exist
However, instead of gratitude, some Americans have chosen to look down and discriminate against people. People have suffered discrimination in all forms conceivable. These range from age discrimination, race and national discrimination, sex discrimination, even religion/religious discrimination. Over the years, the government has tried everything that they can to help minimize, if not completely eradicate these discriminating acts from happening.
One Muslim man was fired from his job after his employer discriminated against him based on his religion. According to the man, it is a tradition for Muslim men to grow their beards and is prohibited from cutting them unless their beards exceed the length of their closed fist. That is why when he applied for a job in a restaurant, he made it clear to the management that he can’t shave is beard as his religious beliefs requires him so. Still, because of his qualifications, he got hired for the job.
After his hiring, the manager of the restaurant told him that the latter has received an order from a district manager of the restaurant. The district manager has seen the Muslim man’s beard and instructed the latter to shave his beard. The Muslim employee reminded the manager of his religious beliefs and its rules but still, the restaurant manager refused to accommodate this and subsequently fired him.
Religious Discrimination: A clear violation of existing labor laws
What the restaurant did to the Muslim man is a clear violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to this law, no person should be terminated or denied promotion opportunities because of his or her religious beliefs. Moreover, employers should adjust and make reasonable accommodations for their employees’ religious beliefs. The only thing that giving in to such accommodation is allowed is when it will cause undue hardship to the employer. Clearly, the Muslim man offered a reasonable accommodation through the beard net but the employer still opted not to allow it.
One person should never be looked down or denied opportunities because of their race, color, age, sex, national origin, as well as their religion. In the end, what matters in the workplace are one’s skills and capabilities that can help drive the company to success. It is about time that employers should start looking on things that really matter and drop their prejudice against people who’s willing to work for them.