A woman at a HCA in the US says she was harassed by HR departments after she refused to wear a niqab, saying she was not Muslim enough to wear it in public.
The HR department said in a statement to the Associated Press on Tuesday that it would be looking into the incident, which has since been removed from the company’s website.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said that when she went to the HCA to change her status at the end of May, she was asked by an HR manager why she had not been wearing a nijab since she had a medical procedure.
She told the HR manager she had had a procedure and she was tired.
The company has not responded to multiple requests for comment.
“He told me that it was my fault that I was not wearing a headscarf and that it is my duty to wear the hijab,” the woman told the AP.
She said she did not have a problem with the niqaib but said that she did think that the HR person would not have approved her if she had worn one.
The women’s story is just one of many that have emerged in recent months as women across the US and Europe have become the targets of a wide-ranging crackdown by federal agencies that have sought to restrict Muslim religious dress.
Some of those investigations have included the seizure of religious materials from the homes of Muslim women in the United States.
Some HR departments have also begun to investigate Muslim women who have complained of harassment by employees.
The latest investigation by HR officials came after a woman in California reported that her boss at the HR department told her she was being discriminated against because she was wearing a hijab.
“I have been a victim of harassment for my faith since I was a teenager,” the complainant told local ABC affiliate KSBW.
“The harassment started in 2015, when I was in high school.
It started when I went to my first mosque, where they asked if I had a hijab, and I said yes, and they asked me if I was Muslim enough.
And they were like, ‘OK, but what about your hijab?'” she said.
“And I said, ‘No, I’m not Muslim.
I’m Muslim and I don’t have a hijab.’
And they said, OK, then you’re not Muslim.'”
A woman in Alabama reported that she was told by an HCA HR department manager that she should not wear a hijab because it was not “Islamic.”
The manager said she would take the woman’s religious beliefs into consideration when determining her religious attire.
“My job is to make sure that people are treated with respect,” the HR official told ABC affiliate WJBF.
“So when you are an American citizen, you are treated fairly, equally and with dignity.”
A federal law signed last year by President Donald Trump banned employers from using religious tests to screen applicants for jobs, including religion.
But the measure was only intended to protect people of faith.
A separate federal law also prevents HR departments and other government agencies from using their own personal information for religious reasons.