(CHICAGO, IL, 12/11/17) – The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) today filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Inc., on behalf of Mohammed Z. Hussaini, a former employee of the company, alleging discrimination by G4S for failing to provide a reasonable accommodation for him to observe his religious obligations.
On December 13, 2015, Mr. Hussaini was terminated from G4S after requesting an adjustment to his work schedule that would have allowed him the opportunity to attend Friday prayers. An accommodation had been made for him by the company for the previous five years, but when a new supervisor took over, Mr. Hussaini was told that he could no longer work the schedule that permitted him the ability to attend Friday prayers. No explanation for suddenly denying the accommodation was given to Mr. Hussaini, and he was not provided any options or alternatives by the company.
He offered to work weekends or at any other time so he could still work his adjusted schedule, but his supervisor refused to continue the accommodation for his religious beliefs. Mr. Hussaini was told that he would need to leave his position with the company (which he held without incident for more than 15 years) if he did not agree to a new schedule. Mr. Hussaini was forced to choose between his job and his religious beliefs, and because he desired to continue to attend Friday prayers, he was fired shortly after.
“Although the case was filed on behalf of Mr. Hussaini, it reflects an environment that is unfortunately all too common in the Muslim community today – one in which the religious freedom upon which this nation was founded has been blatantly disregarded in the workplace as a result of insensitivity toward, and unfettered bias against, Muslim workers who simply desire to practice their faith,” said Phil Robertson, Litigation Director for CAIR-Chicago.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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“Veronica Laizure has proven to be a staunch proponent of human rights in Oklahoma, and she spends her days and nights advocating for the rights of the Oklahoma Muslim community,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “This recognition, coming at a time of heightened civil rights challenges in our country, is well-deserved and serves as a reminder that we must honor those that protect our Constitutional rights as Americans.”
At the 7th annual LUCHA - Living United for Change in Arizona gala, CAIR-Arizona's Executive Director Imraan Siddiqi was a recipient of the organization's "Community Luchador Award." LUCHA, an economic and social justice organization focused on minority families, presents the award to members of the community that embody the organization's mission and vision to pursue steadfast dedication to social justice in Arizona.
Siddiqi, who was the co-originator of the #NoBanNoWall hashtag, which became a global rallying cry in protest of the Trump administration's executive orders was honored by the presentation: "It is truly humbling to be recognized by a group of peers who have done so much for the Arizona community. Our organization looks forward to continue to build and collaborate with marginalized communities to help realize a better tomorrow for our state."
(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 12/9/17) – The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today condemned as “un-American” a tweet by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) stating that "diversity is not our strength” as a nation.
King tweeted that claim along with a quote from Islamophobic Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who said, “Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one."
“Representative King’s clear rejection of the motto of the United States of America, ‘Out of many, one,’ is yet another example of his un-American support for Islamophobia, racism and white supremacy,” said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer.
She noted that in the past, King tweeted, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies," claimed it would be "sexist" and "racist" to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, uploaded a YouTube video in which he displayed a Confederate flag on his desk, defended displaying the Confederate flag in the South Carolina Capitol, and warned that immigration is turning the United States into "a third world country."
Steve King: A History Of Racism
Earlier this year, CAIR-Iowa called on state and national Republican Party leaders to repudiate a racist tweet by Rep. King. In a tweet supporting the Islamophobic extreme-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who referred to people of Moroccan heritage in that nation as “scum,” King tweeted: “Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies.”
In 2015, CAIR-Iowa similarly condemned King’s bizarre claim that refugees who “do hajj to Mecca” cannot assimilate into other cultures like their Christian counterparts.
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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