Muslim Workers, Barred From Wearing Hijabs, Walk Out On The Job

Somali Muslim burqa walkout
Somali Muslim burqa walkout

Two weeks ago, an employee at Diane's Fine Desserts in Le Center, Minn., got her long skirt stuck in a boot washer. She wasn't injured, but her employer decided to take precautions anyway: No more dresses below the knee. In response, over 30 employees walked out on the job. They're Somali Muslims, and consider hijabs, traditional long dresses with headscarves, worn by some Muslim women, an important religious observance.

"Our religion is a priority," Fartun Husien, (pictured left) who has worked for the company for two years, told TV station KARE. "We feel hurt; we feel this is not right." Some of the workers even rallied outside the local office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, pledging to file a complaint against their employer for religious discrimination.