Discrimination Alive and Well in DC

DC-based employment blog Magic Pot of Jobs brings us today’s “boggle and gape” story:

Our colleague calls to inform us that this client had asked her branch for a receptionist this morning. They immediately sent their most qualified, available talent- a woman who happens to be a Muslim and wears a hijab.

Shortly after the talent arrived, she was sent away from the client and back to our colleague’s office. The HR Director (with a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification, mind you) explained to our colleague that “Image is everything here, and we just can’t have her sitting at our front desk.”

Yikes. Here’s hoping that business has good lawyers. I thought companies in this town were, well, sensitive to not being sued for things like this? Guess not.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

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