A disturbing sign in workplaces across the country is the rise of discrimination against Muslims. According to data collected by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), complaints of religious discrimination from Muslims in 2010 are 20% higher than in 2009. Although Muslims comprise less than 2% of the U.S. population, they file about 25% of all religious discrimination claims that are filed with the EEOC. This increase in complaints has led the EEOC to file lawsuits on behalf of some Muslims. For instance, it recently sued Abercrombie & Fitch claiming the company refused to hire an 18-year old Muslim girl because she wore a head scarf.
Religious discrimination like this is not only a violation of federal law but also a violation of the Maine Human Rights Act. If you believe you or a co-worker have experienced religious discrimination, you should contact an experienced employment lawyer who can help you determine what you should do about it.