DULLES, Va. - A Muslim food service worker says a supervisor discriminated against her by pulling off her hijab while trying to get her to change her hairnet in the kitchen of her company's facility at Dulles International Airport.
Maryom Meth has worked as a lead food preparer at LSG Sky Chefs for more than 25 years. The company prepares in-flight meals for airlines.
Meth says on September 25, a supervisor was attempting to enforce a new policy which requires workers to put on a new hairnet after returning from a break. According to Meth, instead of asking her nicely, the supervisor yanked her hairnet off. In the process, her hijab also came off exposing her hair. Meth says it is against her religion to show her hair in public.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is representing Meth and filed a complaint this week on her behalf with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging religious and sexual discrimination.
The complaint alleges the supervisor "violently and without consent assaulted and battered" Meth. It says the company "condoned the assault" and has done nothing to reprimand the employee.
In a statement to FOX 5, a spokesman for LSG Sky Chefs said, "Our company does not condone discrimination of any kind. The company is addressing the issue."