Get ready America, it’s coming.
Expect corporate employers, and even small businesses, to bow to the religious requests of Muslim employees.
So what do they want?
“One of the main needs is prayer rooms,” Bloomberg News’ Carol Hymowitz said in a recent interview. “Devout Muslims pray as many as three times a day during the work day.”
And, she said, “They also want tolerance in terms of their dress.”
That means we’ll be seeing more women wearing a hijab, or headscarf, and men wearing prayer caps, a small, round skullcap.
“They don’t want to be wearing that and suddenly be accused of being a terrorist,” Hymowitz said.
Why is this suddenly an issue? After all, Muslims have been in America since before the birth of the United States.
Some are pointing to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has called for vetting immigrants from unfriendly Muslim nations.
“A Trump administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration. We should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people,” Trump said earlier this month.
Others say employers fear legal repercussions if they not kowtow to Muslims.
“The value you get back from an employee who feels welcome and accommodated for their religious practices is immeasurable,” Michelle Phillips, an employment law attorney, told Bloomberg News. “If employers don’t start taking these issues seriously, and put in measures to ensure that no one is subject to harassment, we’re going to see more claims.”
Though practicing Muslims make up just 1 percent of the U.S. population, about 40 percent of workplace complaints involving religion filed last years with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission were related to Muslims, Bloomberg said.
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