Sacramento Woman Files Discrimination Suit

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Zaylanin Southavilay says she was given the option to remain on staff but only if she removed her religious scarf. 

"There was sadness, there was anger, there was just so much emotion going on that it was almost like overwhelming, how I felt." 

Her former employer…The National Credit Acceptance…did not return our request for comment. 

Southavilay’s job involved calling people over the phone to collect on unpaid debts. 

The suit alleges she was told that workplace policy doesn’t allow any religious clothing, although no such policy was ever provided…and another employee was allowed to display a non-Muslim religious belief.