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Aug 17, 2016

For the one(s) voting "no"; you wouldn't even consider it? Regardless of how capable they would be?

So if the name on the resumé didn't tick you off yet, the physical appearance will? Is this because the hair is covered and if so, would there be objections to any kind of head adornment - regardless of the job function? Or is this because it is of religious (as well as cultural) significance? If so, would you also not consider hiring a woman who wears a Christian cross, then? Or even a bra?

Pardon my tone, for in NL we have endured this topic for more than a decade now.

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Aug 22, 2016

Yes.

A person's faith is immaterial to their ability to do the job. It's not only illegal (at least in the United States and many other jurisdictions) to refuse to hire someone for a religious reason, it's also wrong and it's irrational. As long as they clearly were qualified and were a fit for the organization, I'd be happy to hire them.

The picture is illustrative: a woman wearing a leather jacket with studs and a blouse is not particularly radical. A hijab is not a burqa. It's as much cultural as it is religious.

If the hijab were an inconvenience, such as if it were a safety or cleanliness issue, I would ask that it was removed during work, and would attempt reasonable accommodation through other means. Aside from that, though, it would be wrong to make it an issue.

Companies need to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. When it's possible, they need to stand up for an inclusive and tolerant society.

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Aug 23, 2016

I would depend on the job, there are many jobs in which I wouldn't hire someone who insisted on wearing a Hijab, or any other clothing that could put her or others in danger. I would say the same if they were wearing a cross that was on a chain and loose, whether it was a necklace or bracelet. Are there way that she could cover her head and be safe, sure and if she was willing to make that compromise, then no problem. But the Hijab she is wearing wouldn't be safe around some types of machinery.

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May 21

Yes I would. Except for the safety concerns that Richard Wee already mentioned, I see no reason not to. If you want to wear a cross or crucifix, a yarmulke or turban, that's fine too.

I've encountered two postal clerks who wear Hijabs in my local post office. If any customers were harboring anti-Muslim sentiments, those sentiments were overcome by the women's competence and efficiency which far exceeded their more experienced, seniority-protected white male counterparts dressed in regulation uniforms.

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