11 August 2016

Muslim Women Face Discrimination And Stereotype When Seeking Jobs, Committee Of MPs Says

Witnesses felt wearing a headscarf ‘restricted employment’

The Government needs to do more to tackle discrimination against Muslim women when looking for a job, a hard-hitting report has warned as it raised concern over unemployment in the community being double the national average.

Muslim women spoken to by the Women and Equalities Committee of MPs feared wearing a headscarf “restricted their employment opportunities”, and that dress that the “negative effect of dress” on the result of job interviews and attitudes of co-workers “might be because employers hold stereotypical views of Muslim women”.

Conservative MP Maria Miller, chairwoman of the committee of MPs, which drew up the report, added the Government’s flagship counter-extremism policy is undermining trust within Muslim communities. [The Huffington Post UK] Read more