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Muslim convert says she was sent home after she refused to remove her hijab for work at Chicken Express in Texas

22916760 7845687 image a 52 1577983326179Coleman claimed that after she cut off her camera, the manager said: 'If it isn't branded by chicken express you can't wear it, we don't care about your religion because it has nothing to do with the store.'

In regards to issues of health and safety raised by Twitter commenters, Coleman said she works on the front counter: 'I barely deal with food.'

She added: 'In the hand book they say they have 'equal opportunity for every religion' so yes I FELT comfortable working there.'

The company's handbook states that 'only the Chicken Express hats or visors may be worn' but does not include guidelines on religious exceptions.

But Coleman feels too 'uncomfortable' to return.

'Stefanae agreed to come to work but due to the overall negative hostile atmosphere at work she couldn't stay and decided to leave,' Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR in Texas told CNN.

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Gilmer business owner kicked out of Chamber, under fire for controversial Facebook post

GILMER, Texas (KETK) A Facebook post made by a Gilmer business woman has sparked quite the outrage on social media, along with the termination of her membership to the Chamber of Commerce.

The woman identified on social media as the owner of Market Bistro and Ladyfingers Bakery, Lisa Gaines, posted to her personal Facebook the post below, but has since taken it down.

Since the posting this past weekend, Gaines has taken down the Ladyfingers Cakes Facebook page, as well as her own.

Read Full Article: https://www.easttexasmatters.com/news/top-stories/gilmer-business-owner-under-fire-for-controversial-facebook-post/

An employee at Chicken Express was sent home for refusing to take off her hijab

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(CNN)An employee of a Chicken Express restaurant in Texas says she faced religious discrimination when a manager sent her home for refusing to take off her hijab, a headscarf worn by many Muslim women.

Stefanae Coleman, 22, arrived at work on Monday wearing a hijab for the first time. As a recent convert to Islam, she said she was excited to don the religious covering and hopeful that her coworkers would be supportive.
But the single mom was left feeling "disrespected, baffled and highly upset" when her manager, citing dress code requirements, told her she could not wear the hijab at work.
"Once I clocked in, the manager said 'Take off anything that doesn't involve Chicken Express,' which I knew he was talking about my hijab," Coleman told CNN...
 
Coleman returned to work on Tuesday, after the store owner called to apologize for the manager's behavior. However, she said she was still harassed by coworkers who did not support her decision to wear a hijab.
"Stefanae agreed to come to work but due to the overall negative hostile atmosphere at work she couldn't stay and decided to leave," said Faizan Syed, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Texas. The civil rights group is representing Coleman in the matter.
 
The experience has left Coleman "uncomfortable" and reconsidering her employment with Chicken Express, Coleman said.

Read Full Article: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/02/us/chicken-express-hijab-trnd/index.html
 

EXCLUSIVE: Gilmer community shows outpouring of love for woman who was subject of offensive Facebook post

Gilmor Texas Muslim Hijabi

Alkam says while there, she had a wonderful time at the event, especially the people she encountered.

"I had such a great time at the festival, and everyone was so courteous and sweet," Alkam remembered.

While there, a Gilmer business woman snapped a photo of Alkam. She then proceeded to post it to her Facebook page. The caption on the post read: "Look what showed up in Gilmer at the Yulefest. We have been infiltrated."

Alkam says she first saw the post while scrolling through Facebook.

"I saw that somebody had shared a post saying, talking about a woman who had posted a picture of a woman in the hijab and that she captioned it with the racist comment. And she sent it to me, and lo and behold, it was me. It was a photo of me," Alkam explained. "I was just shocked that somebody would go out of their way to take a photo of me, without my consent, and then post a really nasty comment along with it." 

Alkam says while the post upset her, it is the first instance of someone being offensive toward her because of her hijab. 

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