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CAIR-Columbus Settles Wrongful Termination Case for Muslim Worker

(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 12/13/2017) -- The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) announced today that it has reached a settlement with a local company for wrongfully terminating a Muslim man.

The Muslim man was wrongfully terminated in May 2015 for asking for a prayer accommodation. He worked for the company for close to a decade. He was an excellent employee with no work performance issues. Every evening he would take a short break to perform his evening prayers. However, after a change in management, he was told that he could not take the short break to perform his prayers anymore. The taking of this break has not caused any problems for the company. When he insisted on his right to get a religious accommodation, he was terminated by the company.

“Our client is pleased that this matter was successfully resolved and that he has received a monetary compensation for the wrongful termination,” said CAIR-Columbus Legal Director Romin Iqbal. “The law on religious accommodation is very clear. You don’t have to choose between your religion and your job. As long as the accommodation requested does not place an undue burden on the company, your employer has an obligation to accommodate your request,” he added. “The request for accommodation can be for wearing hijab at work, or for keeping a beard, or for taking a break to perform your prayers or to break your fast.”

CAIR-Columbus is currently representing more than 50 Muslims who have been wrongfully terminated from the workplace.

Ohio Muslims who are facing similar delays are being urged to contact CAIR-Columbus for assistance by filing an incident report online at: https://www.cair-columbus.com/

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. The CAIR-Ohio Affiliate has three chapters – Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.

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.

- END - CONTACT: C CAIR-Columbus Executive Director, Jennifer Nimer, 614-451-3232, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-Ohio Legal Director Romin Iqbal, 614-783-7953, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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