Muslim Doc Says She Was Told to Remove Headscarf

October 30, 2009

Author: Anabelle Garay

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

A Muslim doctor interviewing for a job at a suburban Dallas medical clinic says officials there told her she couldn't wear her headscarf while working.

Dr. Hena Zaki of Plano said Friday that she was shocked when CareNow officials told her in person and later by e-mail that a no-hat policy extended to her hijab.

Zaki had been on a tour of an Allen CareNow clinic two weeks ago when she said the regional medical director told her he didn't want her to be surprised about the policy during orientation.

Zaki wants an apology and a change in CareNow's policies to accommodate expressions of religious belief — “whether it be a turban or facial hair.”