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DISCRIMINATION: Removing employment barriers for Muslim women

30 September 2016  

Ambiguous legal protection and subconscious bias by recruiters are making it difficult for Muslim women who wear a headscarf to find work. Arpita Dutt and Rolleen McDonnell investigate

Muslim women are 71% more likely to be unemployed than white Christians with the same education, according to a recent House of Commons Select Committee report. The report describes the experience of many Muslim women who wear the headscarf, who commented that they were unsuccessful in obtaining roles when they wore it and successful when they took it off.


Additional Info

  • Case(s) Referenced:

    C-157/15 Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions NV [2016] OJ C 205, 22 June, pp17-18

    C-188/15 Bougnaoui v Micropole SA [2016] OJ C 221, 6 July, pp2-3

    Eweida & ors v United Kingdom [2013] ECHR 37

    Wasteney v East London NHS Foundation Trust [2016] UKEAT/0157/15/LA

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