Texas restaurant apologizes for handling of employee sent home for wearing her hijab


The Rooster Specific franchise supervisor has been with the positioning a pair of year.

Kelly McCarthy

January 3, 2020, 11: 06 PM

5 min read

A younger girl in Texas who stated she became as soon as despatched house from work due to the her hijab has long previous viral after she posted what she says is a video of her trip online.

Stefanae Coleman posted a video on Twitter Monday of what she says became as soon as her dialogue with a supervisor at a Rooster Specific restaurant in Citadel Value, Texas, who allegedly instructed her to leave for wearing a hijab at work.

Within the video, which has garnered over 635K views, Coleman begins explaining to her supervisor why she wears a hijab.

The unidentified man wearing a pink Rooster Specific polo shirt and headset tells Coleman, “Your job is your job and it has nothing to fabricate with faith.”

Coleman, 22, spoke back that she “read the instruction handbook and within the instruction handbook it would no longer insist something about no longer being in a situation to keep on non secular head items.”

“It says it is probably you’ll maybe maybe just want to study the Rooster Specific uniform coverage and it lists out what it is and it would no longer involve something,” he answered.

The supervisor can even be heard suggesting that they would want to accept as true with a dialogue with two other workers.

The younger girl moreover stated on Twitter that she converted to Islam in August and started working on the restaurant chain in October. She added that the instruction handbook stated there became as soon as “equal opportunity for every faith,” which is why she felt jubilant working there.

She moreover acknowledged that she notified her supervisor of her faith when she became as soon as hired.

Rhett Warren, an authorized expert representing the Rooster Specific franchise owner where the incident occurred, instructed ABC News in an announcement that the supervisor in keep a question to “sadly didn’t take non secular liberty into consideration.”

“Ms. Coleman is no longer facing discrimination for her willpower to keep on a scarf or for being Muslim. The supervisor’s willpower to send Ms. Coleman house for wearing the headband became as soon as due to the an absence of coaching,” he defined. “The supervisor became as soon as the usage of a strict interpretation of the firm coverage that would no longer allow derivations from the current employee uniform, and he sadly didn’t take non secular liberty into consideration.”

In accordance with Warren, Coleman became as soon as paid for the hours that she would accept as true with worked that day and is quiet employed at that Rooster Specific region.

The mutter moreover stated “she worked the next day and became as soon as allowed to keep on her scarf.”

“An apology became as soon as made to Ms. Coleman for the mistake. The Rooster Specific franchisee is addressing this instruct thru additional coaching, and Ms. Coleman has been requested to take half in creating the coaching so as that a mistake delight in this would possibly maybe no longer happen again,” Warren persevered. “The supervisor has been reprimanded for his willpower, and he’s going to receive additional coaching on the style to successfully tackle connected scenarios within the future.”

Warren moreover instructed ABC News the supervisor has been with this Rooster Specific region for appropriate over a year and the owner has been a Rooster Specific franchisee for approximately 15 years.

Warren declined to compose names to ABC News of his consumer, the owner/operator, or the supervisor in keep a question to.

Coleman instructed ABC News that the response to her video has been “50/50,” with some toughen from the Muslim community. But she has “obtained some racist comments” on Twitter.

“I pay no mind to it because I do know what I’m doing is appropriate and would possibly maybe well well support other females delight in me,” she stated.

Coleman added that she hopes this serves as a lesson “for workers [to] be solid and struggle for you rights and for employers [to] see about the hijab and what it technique to Muslim females.”

ABC News

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