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Ziyana Rajabali

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Ziyana is an Associate in the Employment & Compensation Department of Baker McKenzie's London office. She joined the Firm as a trainee in March 2017. As part of her training contract, Ziyana spent time in the IT / Commercial, Corporate Finance, Structured Capital Markets departments. Ziyana also completed a three-month secondment to the Firm offices in San Francisco where she undertook a combination of Intellectual Property and Employment work. She subsequently qualified as an associate and was admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales in March 2019.

The position and safety of Muslims in civil society is once again the subject of debate as a result of Marine Le Pen’s recent proposal to ban the headscarf in all public spaces in France. Notwithstanding that Le Pen lost the election and with Ramadan underway, it is timely to explore the employment implications of Islamophobia in the workplace and practical steps employers can take to create a more inclusive and thriving working environment for their Muslim employees, to ensure they maintain their ’employer of choice’ status.