Addressing Workplace Discrimination After Terror Attacks

Law360, New York (December 16, 2015, 12:27 PM EST) -- The Los Angeles Times reported last week on an incident that took place on Dec. 10, 2015, that is becoming frighteningly common in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and the San Bernardino shootings — the hurling of abusive, ugly, racist remarks at Muslims. As the article notes, women wearing headscarves are ready targets because their headscarves serve to identify their religious beliefs which bigots then use as an excuse for vitriolic comments. In the reported incident, Sirat Al-Nahi, a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, and a devout Muslim who wears a headscarf, was harassed at a popular Austin restaurant by an elderly white man who told her to "go back to Saudi Arabia" and then asked if she had a gun and told her she "should just shoot" him. Al-Nahi's friend, Leilah Abdennabi, asked the restaurant manager to intervene, but she said there was nothing she could do. The young women addressed the patrons to tell them racist remarks were being directed at them and that "no one did anything because who cares about us?" To which someone shouted "Nobody." When later contacted, the restaurant's CEO said in retrospect that the staff should have asked the "hateful guest" to leave....

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