Dr: CareNow Says No To Hijab

Muslim doctor told CareNow policy bars headscarf

Friday, Oct 30, 2009  |  Updated 3:34 PM CDT
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Dr: CareNow Says No To Hijab

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A young Muslim doctor who applied for a job at a North Texas medical clinic says officials told her she couldn't wear her traditional headscarf.

Dr. Hena Zaki, of Plano, said Friday that she was shocked when CareNow officials told her a no-hat policy extended to her hijab. She says it happened while she was on a tour and interview at a CareNow in Allen earlier this month.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations wrote to CareNow on her behalf, pointing out the law requires employers must make reasonable religious accommodations for employees.
 
Zaki recently finished her residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She says other places where she's worked have not had a problem with the headscarf she wears as part of her religious belief.

CareNow didn't return messages for comment Friday.

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