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French firm bans Muslim headscarves at work
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A privately-owned French company claims to have become the first in the country to ban the wearing of Muslim headscarves and other prominent religious symbols at work. But critics say the move, which had the backing of employees, is against the law.

Headscarf photo ‘ruins job interview chances’, study of German firms shows
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In a study due to be released in full at the end of the year, economists at the University of Linz in Austria examined whether wearing a headscarf affected women when applying for jobs at German companies.

Welsh Muslims report widespread racist abuse
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The Institute of Race Relations draws our attention to a Wales Online report on a new study of racism and race equality in Wales by Professor Heaven Crawley that was commissioned by Race Council Cymru.

Video: Muslim women arrested in Paris for wearing (perfectly legal) headscarves
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by Ali Abunimah (Electronic Intifada)

A video first published by Le Parisien and shot on Saturday shows French police arresting women in the Place du Trocadéro in Paris apparently just for wearing headscarves.

Women Asked to Remove Headscarves at Some French Airports
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Some French airports have begun to ask headscarf-wearing women to take off their scarves for security reasons, which has spurred criticism from Muslims in the country, who find the practice a discriminatory one.

NY Sikh, Muslim workers allowed religious headwear
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New York’s Sikh and Muslim transit workers will be allowed to wear religious head coverings without an agency logo — after years of legal battles. A settlement was announced Wednesday between workers and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Missouri county jail to allow Muslim headscarves
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In January, a jailer forcibly removed the headscarf of a 23-year-old Muslim woman arrested for an unpaid traffic ticket. The scarf, known as a hijab, protects women from exposing their heads or necks to men outside their immediate families.

Connecticut Muslims told to remove headscarves at roller rink
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She says inside, a woman who identified herself as a manager, told them they would have to either remove their hijabs or wear helmets. She was told the rink has a policy prohibiting headwear.

Sarah Wildman: Islamophobia Imported from Europe
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As born out by the “Ground Zero mosque” controversy, it is a fellowship of hate and of fear, a fellowship we once would have spurned because Americans, by self-definition, believe in religious freedom, in religious pluralism, in multicultural identities, in a nation up built by the immigrant experience.