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Woman Demands Worker Be Fired For Discrimination - Manager Has Epic Response

American society is deeply divided when it comes to discussing the differences between Islamic values and American values. Specifically, many prominent Americans are caught up in a vicious debate about whether Muslim communities are encroaching on America’s non-Muslim communities or vice-versa.

Citing the construction of new mosques and uptick in international terrorism attacks, many Americans are worried that some Islamic values aren’t compatible with American qualities and beliefs.

Now, a Muslim woman is flipping this idea on its head and defending her own rights as a Muslim and an American, arguing that a clothing retail employee discriminated against her because she was wearing a hijab.

When Nadia Alawa visited a White House Black Market retail store, she had no idea that her wearing a hijab, which she describes as her “usual Muslim American clothing,” would lead to religious and cultural discrimination.

After the incident, Ms. Alawa took to Facebook to describe what happened to her, writing: "As I was looking at clothing, the female store manager, Carisa Bobskill, a woman in her mid-20s, ran over and, with a smug smile, asks me how I am doing, I reply, while looking at the clothes, that I am fine, how are you doing? She then says no, how are you REALLY doing. Her voice is no longer 'friendly.'"

Confused, Ms. Alawa gave Bobskill the same response. However, after her next statement, Ms. Alawa quickly understood the reason for the manger’s strange demeanor. "She then says, you must be hot, that is why I am asking. I say, I am fine. She says you ARE hot, the store has AC and I am dressed like *this* (looks at herself in shorts and a top), and I am hot, so you must be hot dressed like that," recalled Ms. Alawa.

Ms. Alawa attempted to respond cordially, writing: "I stand there for a minute, try to look casual, but feel so upset and humiliated. A basic shopping experience with two credit cards and cash in my purse and I have to defend my attire and am made to feel uncomfortable by a clerk that very clearly targeted me like a hungry shark out for fodder.”

Feeling attacked, Ms. Alawa felt that she should seek someone else out to ensure that Bobskill’s actions went on record.

"A minute later I go to the counter to [file] a complaint, but get distracted by my kids entering the store, so all I can do is ask for the woman's name and store card and tell her I will be in contact with the higher manager. At that point, Carisa's face changed from snarky and arrogant to slightly surprised," recalled the proud Muslim woman.

Faced with mounting negative publicity, White House Black Market has released the following statement about the incident: “We have reached out to Ms. Alawa to hear her perspectives directly. We are committed to providing an environment in all of our stores that is free of harassment and discrimination. We value the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and uniqueness of all of our customers and employees, and we hope to have the opportunity to speak directly with Ms. Alawa."

It remains to be seen if Bobskill will be disciplined for her actions or if Ms. Alawa will be called out for relaying events incorrectly.

Source: Yahoo, TheTempest
Photos: TheTempest, Nadia Alawa/Facebook, Phillip Pessar/Flickr, Joeyshoop/Wikimedia

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