(COLUMBUS, OH, 10/17/2019) -- The Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ohio (CAIR-Columbus) today announced the filing of a wrongful termination complaint against Walmart with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a Muslim-Somali man.
The Muslim man began his employment at Walmart in 2004. He performed his duties competently and with merit, got promoted, and did not ever receive any warnings or complaints.
For years, the employee was reportedly subjected to a hostile work environment by his coworkers and managers. They would make derogatory comments regarding his race and religion such as "Muslims should not be in America,” “Muslims kill Americans. . .Trump will stop that” and "Barack Obama was a Muslim and Muslims can't be presidents.” He was also repeatedly referred to as a “boy” and “n***er.”
The employee says he complained several times to his managers and the Human Resource Department. He even called the ethics hotline to report the ongoing harassment. Rather than addressing the toxic work environment and harassment, the Muslim man's supervisor allegedly terminated him based on a false and pretextual reason.
"The law is clear. Federal law prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for complaining about discrimination. All employees have a right to a workplace that is free from harassment and discrimination,” said CAIR-Columbus Executive Director Romin Iqbal.
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
The Washington-based civil rights organization offers a booklet, called "An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," to help employers gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims in the workplace.
CAIR: An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Columbus Executive Director Romin Iqbal, 614-783-7953, firstname.lastname@example.org