2 women say they were denied jobs over
A spokeswoman for McDonald’s did not immediately comment on the lawsuit, but said a statement would be coming soon.
The Dearborn restaurant happens to be one of only two stores in the U.S. that sells Chicken McNuggets that are halal, the Muslim equivalent of kosher.
Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations, said that it’s upsetting that a restaurant with such a large Muslim customer base would discriminate against Muslim women employees.
“They’ll take Muslim dollars, but won’t hire Muslim female employees,” Walid said.
The case was filed in Detroit against the store manager, a management company, and McDonald’s. It alleges the restaurant violated a state civil rights law.
The store is located in an area with one of the largest Arab-American and Muslim communities in the U.S.
Walid said the two Muslim women were African-Americans born in the United States.
Dearborn McDonalds Faces Discrimination
Plaintiffs Ask For $10 Million In Damages
DEARBORN — A $10 million lawsuit was filed Thursday against a Dearborn McDonalds on the grounds they refused to hire two Muslim women because of their dress.
Toi Whitfield and Quiana Pugh said they were denied employment by the McDonalds on Ford Road because they wore a hijab, a traditional Muslim head covering.
Both women said it was the same manager who refused to hire them, and that the discrimination has been happening for years.