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Friday, July 8, 2011

Discrimination or Greed?

Today’s topic is our society’s greed for money. I find it appalling what people today are willing to do for a buck. We have progressively thrown away values and beliefs that we used to hold near and dear, for a couple of little green pieces of paper.

A lawsuit has been filed in the city of San Francisco against the clothing giant Abercrombie and Fitch over an apparent discrimination against a woman of Muslim faith over her wearing a Hijab.

A hijab, for those who are not familiar, is the traditional head scarf that Muslim women are required to wear.

When I first heard talks of this case, everyone seemed to be solidly behind this woman. Her rights had obviously been violated, or so everyone said.

The more I thought about this case, the more I realized that this woman’s rights were not violated.

First let me spill some more details about this case.

She was interviewed while wearing the hijab. When she asked about it, the manager told her that so long as they were company colors that it would not be an issue. She was after all working in the stock room, and had no face-to-face time with the customers.

One day the district manager visits the store and sees her, and a few days later she is asked to remove the hijab. When she refuses she is suspended, and then immediately terminated.

Upon reading these details, I’m sure you’re shaking your head in disagreement, but hear me out.

First, she was wearing a bright purple hijab the day she was suspended and then terminated. This is not a company color.

Secondly, upon being hired she signed a paper agreeing to company rules and policies. Therefore surrendering some rights, as we all do when we are hired.

In this agreement a few things stick out. Aside from wearing company colors, it also states that all employees must dress in “ Classic American style.”

I know what you’re thinking; What the Hell is Classic American Style? Well I don’t know exactly what it is, but I do know it does not include wearing a bright purple hijab.

Lastly, I would be okay with her lawsuit and her being compensated for wages lost while she was in transition to finding another job. At first that is all she wanted. But then she said the few words that come out of people’s mouths when they are just looking to get paid.

She wanted compensation for her “ pain and suffering.”

Pain and fucking suffering! She violated company policy, and who knows if she was a hard worker or not. She disobeyed her superior (even though I don’t blame her for doing so, as wearing a hijab is her religious requirement) and she wants money for pain and suffering?

Greed is slowly but surely taking over our lives.

The saddest part is, she will probably win, or settle out of court for a giant wad of cash, just so the company could save face.

Because America has also become overly Politically Correct… But that is another issue all by itself.

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