Husky's Lloydminister upgrader where three Edmontonians believe they were fired for reporting Islamophobic incidents. (Husky Energy) Newcart declined to discuss the case, citing privacy legislation. The company said in a statement it provides a "safe, inclusive employment experience" and accommodates religious requirements whenever possible under workplace health and safety policy and legislation. But a taped recording of Rashid and her colleagues confronting their supervisors provides more insight into their dismissal. One manager said Newcart was starting to cut back on workers and the trio were "randomly selected." When pressed, the manager explained random meant he chose their names from the sign-in sheet. He warned that they were no longer eligible for rehire on the next project because of their behaviour, and defended the workers' comparison of the hijab to a hoodie. The supervisor did not raise safety concerns about Rashid's hijab, and she said she was told earlier it wasn't an issue. Rashid's story has sparked fierce debate online, with many insisting it was a case of Islamophobia or ignorance while others argued it was about safety. "It's a huge safety issue! No hoodies or baggy clothes that can get caught in machinery," wrote one person on Facebook.
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