Intercultural Communication In The Workplace
4 pages in length. Faarooq, a third generation Muslim whose family has worked at ABC Merchandising, Inc. for the past twenty years, experienced unexpected culture shock when the company was sold and the CEO - a person with whom Faarooq and his family had become friends over the years - was ousted from his position. It was obvious the tremendous changes this new company head had intended to pursue, but one in particular left Faarooq and his family personally impacted due to its intercultural insensitivity. The Muslim religious holiday of Ramadan was in two weeks and as in every other year previous, Faarooq, his brother, sister, cousin and father submitted for the time off for observance. Within thirty minutes, each submission was declined without explanation; when Faarooq inquired directly with the new boss, he was told that only American holidays are recognized within an American company. Faarooq and his family immediately contacted HR to file a cultural discrimination action. Bibliography lists 2 sources.