Update: Dunkin Donuts Headscarf Issue Resolved

February 6, 2005

Source: The News Journal


On February 6, 2005 The News Journal reported, "when Renee Brown's supervisor told her she couldn't wear her Muslim head-wrap to work, the Wilmington resident wrestled with what to do. She mulled over the prospect of unemployment in a bad economy and her responsibilities to her 8-year-old son, Javour... The 28-year-old single mother, who is studying for a high school diploma, said she turned for support to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C. Civil Rights Manager Khadija Athman said that office receives about one head-scarf complaint weekly... Doughnut shop owner Sean O'Hanlon said, he was checking the issue of religious headgear with Dunkin' Donuts' corporate office. 'This was the first time we ever had to address this,' he said. 'I was just taking a couple of days to check the policy.' The response from the corporate office, saying the issue was up to him, came the same day as the fax from the council, he said. O'Hanlon said he relayed to Brown that her scarf is no problem."