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'I got a job after I removed my headscarf' - UK's racial inequality exposed

A Government report has found the ‘entrenched’ racial disparities between life outcomes across different ethnicities in the UK.

One female jobseeker told the BBC how race inequality has affected her life chances. Shazia Khan, 33, from Birmingham, says that she was only successful in a job interview after she removed her headscarf, which she wears for religious reasons.

"I was interviewed for six jobs that I didn't get,” she explains. "You know when you've done well in an interview and I just thought to myself, 'what am I doing wrong?'"

Khan said that her friends suggested she should try attending an interview without her headscarf. She gave it a go.

"After one of the first interviews I was offered the job. I was gobsmacked,” she told the BBC.

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December 19, 2017

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