Woman claims religious discrimination

October 26, 2011

An Indiana woman said she plans to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against her employer, Brightpoint Inc., because she was told to take off an Islamic headscarf. Mary Cabrera said she recently converted to Islam and began wearing the headscarves to work at Brightpoint's distribution center in Plainfield. She said staff asked her to take it off because it violated the company dress code. She refused. Brightpoint said it told Cabrera to quit wearing the scarf until she filled out a religious exemption request form. The exemption was approved in less than a day, the company said.