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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Do You Trust A Hairdresser With a Hijab On?

Is it okay for a woman to be turned down for a funky hairdressing job because she wears the hijab? Do employers have to overlook their capitalistic priorities to avoid causing offense? Does this mean I can really be a Hooters girl even though my bottom would protest the constraints of a tiny pair of orange shorts? If not, can I sue for discrimination?

TeacherLady: It's because I'm Arab, isn't it?
Hooters representative: Er no. It's the ample supply of cellulite on your thi...
TeacherLady: RACIST!

On a serious note, I can see how she isn't being treated fairly at all, so perhaps we can just draw the line at the base of the religion argument. Everything has to be taken on a case by case basis.

10 comments:

Hani Obaid said...

I think it's ok. Some jobs require a certain appearance, unless the hair salon caters to other Hijabi women, and/or is in a conservative muslim countries, a hijabi hairdresser may scare new customers away.

eg. if you live in KKK central, is it racist not tohire a black cashier ? Not necessarily, you may not want to hire them because you recognise a majority of your customers are racist !

humble simpleton said...

Just go through the comments, they say it all. One of the best:
"Can someone tell me who Bushra Noah's lawyer is. I want to sue a company because they refused to consider me for a job because I wasn't wearing a tie at the interview."
It is just ridiculous that some obscure existence, who failed 25 interviews, could sink successful enterprise, ruin the owner ant cut several jobs, just by whining about how depressed she was. In my eyes, she is just discrimination card milking bitch and I hope she will lose it.
My full sympathy with Ms. Desrosiers.

'liya said...

My hairdresser has cool hair, that's why I go to her - I know (or, well hope at least) she'll make it look as nice as hers.

TeacherLady said...

This past summer, I had my hair cut by a man with a mohawk. Appearances matter in this area of business, I wanted something a little funky, so I got a funky guy to do it.
Back home, all she would have to do is get a job in a woman's only salon, and she wouldn't have to wear the hijab once she got to work...

ra said...

so much of racism. even where i work.

i am racist too, but comes from the fact that i have been discriminated so much. and i hate it.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, she might have a conflict of interests...

On a serious note, appearances matter when working with appearances. No two ways about it.

Laith said...

I wouldn't trust a dentist that covers her teeth.
Even if she does it only because her religion tell her to do so.
She is contradicting herself, doesn't she believe that all women should be covered to be protected from sin and men's lusty eyes for white-long-sexy-teeth.
So my answer is No, and not in England for sure.

Esmerelda said...

I've never seen the bikini line of the women who waxes mine, so I think it should be up to the clients. What teh heck, let her try. If she doesn't get clients, then she can be fired.

Ronniepurple said...

I think everyone needs to stop jumping on the religious discrimination band wagon here - this is a simple case of image and it happens in every job. If I was the best Investment Banker in the world I am sure there would be issues if I refused to wear a suit for work (even if I started a jumps suit wearing religion which prevented me wearing anything but jumpsuits). Hairdressers are not just skilled stylists but they also are models for hair styles and hair products which all up-market hair salons sell. If I was a salon owner I would not employ anyone who: -
Refused to make their hair look nice for work, dressed like a tramp, had horrible hair, refused to remove their cap, hat or headscarf or even if they were spotty / had bad teeth, Body Odour etc regardless of race or religious beliefs so stop exploiting the race discrimination laws and putting a woman out of business just because you are bitter Bushra!! I would also not want someone with bad skin selling me skin products - however good their knowledge on the product is!

The race discrimination laws need to be in place for when they are actually relevant as ethnic groups do receive discrimination in the workplace but this is just not a case of that. I can walk down a catwalk really well but I bet I wont be getting a job as a clothes model anytime soon and its not down to my religious beliefs!!

Having said that, the way TV works these days Bushra will probably end up getting her own reality TV show - Bushra the hijab wearing hairdresser!!!

Beauty treatments in Bournemouth said...

One point seems to be overlooked. If the woman who wears an hijab believes in wearing one for reliegous reasons then there is a possibility that she would disapprove - even slightly - of anyone who doesn't. Since all clients in an hairdressing salon will be scarfless then she should either be prepared to take her scarf off or not work there- just as some muslims do not serve alcohol - doing anything else is being hipocritical especially if the implied intention is to make other women feel morally inferior. Incidentally my boyfriend is from a muslim country - Algeria and women hairdressers there do not wear hijab. Do you not think this woman is pushing her luck? Her general appearance is not that of a modern hairdresser anyway - regardless of religeous dress.