NEW YORK — A postal employee in Queens who was fired for posting a photo on Instagram of her wearing a headscarf has defended her decision to post the photo, saying she was just trying to help others feel safe.
Sophie Grewal posted the photo of herself on Monday and later apologized on Twitter.
It showed her with a hijab, a head covering worn by some Muslim women in Islamic countries.
“It’s a very common sight and I’m trying to spread awareness and raise awareness,” Grewalsaid.
“It’s something I’ve always done and thought about doing but it didn’t make sense at the time.”
Grewals mom, Kristi, said she thought it was disrespectful to Muslims and called the decision to wear a head scarf “not right.”
I think I just didn’t know what I was doing, or I was confused because I don’t wear it.””
So I was very confused.
I think I just didn’t know what I was doing, or I was confused because I don’t wear it.”
Gouldals father said she was trying to give back to the community and was hoping people would understand her decision.
“I am just trying do my best to do my job and help people and to be able to support my family,” Gouldals mother said.
Goulds father said he has been in touch with the postal service about the matter.
He added that he was disappointed that Grewales actions could have been misinterpreted as an attack on the Muslim faith.
The postal service declined to comment.