Toi Whitfield, 20, and Quiana Pugh, 25, said they applied for jobs at the McDonald’s on Ford Road in the eastern section of Dearborn but were told by the store manager, “You’re not going to work here if you don’t remove” the headscarf, known as a hijab.
A spokeswoman for McDonald’s did not comment on the case.
The Dearborn restaurant is one of only two McDonald’s restaurants in the United States that sells Chicken McNuggets that are halal, the Muslim equivalent of kosher. In recent years, a number of corporate restaurants in Dearborn have started selling halal meat in order to tap into the growing Muslim customer base.
Given the consideration McDonald’s has given to their Muslim clientele, it’s a bit odd that they won’t allow the women to wear hijab. In the discussions of this story in the blogosphere people cite the necessity of standardized dress. One then has to wonder why McDonald’s didn’t simply cite this as the reason for their prohibition on employees wearing the hijab.
So what do you think, is it a simple matter of corporate prohibition on non standard dress, or is it good old fashioned prejudice?