Samsung Accused Of Rejecting Muslim Job Candidate Because He Doesn’t Drink Alcohol

The candidate said he was also pressed to discuss his religious views.

The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea South Korea, October 11, 2017. Picture taken on October 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

At the point when 34-year-old Omar got an email from Samsung’s HR office welcoming him for a prospective employee meeting, he was wonderfully astonished. He hadn’t connected for a situation there, yet the email sender revealed to him he was the correct applicant Samsung needed for its most current programming innovation position.

Omar was set up for four meetings that occurred throughout the following couple of weeks: one telephone call and three in-person talks with a set for Samsung’s Strategy and Innovation Center in San Jose, California.

The meeting procedure, in October 2017, was assisted, Samsung told Omar. He accepting that as a decent sign. All things considered, the California occupant had more than 10 years’ involvement in the product innovation field, and this was a spontaneous activity offer. At the point when the date of his in-person meets arrived, Omar was planned for three one-hour gatherings, beginning with a Samsung programming engineer, trailed by a meeting with the procuring supervisor and the last with a director of programming building.

Omar said he easily finished the initial two meetings. They were short, Omar told HuffPost. He said the dialogs did not have any “specialized profundity,” which is abnormal for an innovation position. The employing director disclosed to Omar all he expected to do was to awe his last questioner and that every other person was persuaded Omar was the ideal competitor and that he should anchor the position.

In any case, that last meeting, Omar stated, took an odd turn when his questioner didn’t get some information about his work encounters or specialized capacities. Rather, the questioner underscored the significance of organization culture, Omar stated, and how that included drinking a considerable measure of liquor, some of the time until 2 early in the day.

“I can tell you’re a Muslim,” the questioner told Omar. He at that point squeezed him to examine his religious perspectives and expand on his state of mind on liquor.

HuffPost is retaining Omar’s genuine name over worries of a reaction from other potential managers. Omar is meeting with different organizations for another activity.

Omar said he told his questioner that in spite of the fact that he actually decides not to drink liquor, he would have no issue with associates doing as such. In any case, Omar said the questioner was not happy with his reaction and interrogated him further concerning his confidence, asked how religious he was and how his choice to not drink liquor may meddle with group “cohesiveness.”

It was just 25 minutes into the one-hour meeting when the questioner abruptly exited ― demonstrating to Omar that the gathering was finished. After three days, Omar discovered he didn’t get the situation at Samsung. He said he quickly acknowledged why.

“It all sort of clicked,” he said.

Omar and his legal counselor at the San Francisco Bay Area’s office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) documented a religious separation grievance a month ago over the occurrence with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

A DFEH representative affirmed to HuffPost that Omar’s protest against Samsung was gotten yet did not intricate on the grounds that the case is continuous.

“What we need to detract from this,” said Ammad Rafiqi, the social equality and legitimate administrations organizer at CAIR’s SFBA office, is “that people can be made a decision by their capabilities, instruction, and encounters, yet in addition feel good being esteemed individuals from the network.”

The legal counselor, who directed his own examination of the issue, said CAIR-SFBA and Omar may seek after different roads in the event that they aren’t happy with how the DFEH dissension is tended to.

A Samsung representative told HuffPost in an email articulation that the organization “is focused on a different working environment that regards the privileges everything being equal” and advances “an expert and comprehensive culture.” The representative would not affirm if the questioner Omar distinguished is as yet utilized by Samsung, however, said the organization “considers objections important” and would address Omar’s protestation “through the lawful procedure.”

A LinkedIn profile of the chief who talked with Omar shows he is as yet utilized at Samsung.

Omar said he had immediately contacted Samsung’s HR office and, in messages HuffPost has checked on, nitty-gritty the risky meeting. He particularly asked about a strategy to guarantee no other Muslim or different religious minority would confront comparable inquiries.

In the long run, Omar stated, an HR delegate reacted by telephone with what he called an “apathetic” expression of remorse in the course of the last questioner’s activities. Yet, the delegate, he stated, did not make reference to any repercussions for the questioner or any safeguard activity.

Omar said he has not heard once again from the organization since the HR agent’s call. He said that amid the previous year, in the wake of understanding his worries would not be tended to by Samsung, he worked with CAIR before recording the DFEH protestation on Oct. 24.

Inquiries concerning a candidate’s religious conviction or practices, except if specifically required for a position, for example, is a religious association’s pioneer, is restricted by government law.

“What I would have gotten a kick out of the chance to have heard is that they were taking measures to ensure this sort of thing wouldn’t occur once more,” Omar told HuffPost. “I’m astounded at the way that Samsung, being such a major organization, all things considered, doesn’t accomplish more to guarantee that this kind of result isn’t there.”

Samsung has 30 days to react to the objection documented with DFEH. Omar is as yet utilized at the innovation organization he worked for at the season of the meetings, a Samsung contender. He said his involvement with Samsung has made him “more cognizant” that such separation can happen, even before somebody is enlisted.

“I have a feeling that I generally realized that these things kind of occurred, yet it didn’t generally show itself like the manner in which it did with Samsung,” Omar said. “It extremely made it obvious there are some unwritten principles and implicit substances in corporate America.”


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