Muslim Women: Discrimination In The Workplace

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A study of British Muslims found that religious affiliation was a stronger predictor of discrimination than race or ethnicity (Sheridan, 2006). It follows that women may be more likely than men to encounter discrimination on the basis of their Muslim identity because their attire (i.e., the hijab) can convey this identity visually (Allen & Nielsen, 2002). King and Ahmad (2010) noted that applicants who wore Muslim attire had shorter and more interpersonally negative interactions compared to applicants who did not wear Muslim attire. Ghumman and Jackson (2010) also found that visibly identified Muslim women have low expectations for receiving job offers. A recent publication by Ghumman and co-researcher Ann Marie Ryan of Michigan State University, titled, “Not welcome here: Discrimination towards women who wear Muslim headscarf,” This study addresses discrimination that individuals who wear religious attire encounter during the hiring process. Hijabis, as a member of the Muslim group, are also subjected to stigmatization in the workplace and there have been numerous cases of workplace discrimination claims against Hijabis (Pluralism Project, 2004). Hijabi Muslim women should experience stereotype threat in the work context, but non-Hijabi Muslim women should not, or at least experience less stereotype threat. Unlike non-Hijabi Muslim women,…show more content…
Since 9/11 Muslim women in the UK have faced increased intimidation and violence because their faith or political activism has often been maliciously and falsely conflated with terrorism extremism and subversion (Robert and Jonathan, 2010). Muslim women may be particularly vulnerable to discrimination because their religious affiliation is easily identifiable through their attire (i.e., hijab/headscarf; Allen & Nielsen,
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