CAIR Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against N. Virginia Verizon Contractor

‘He then pointed at her hijab and mocked her, saying ‘Religion? I don’t wanna deal with that here. We don’t want those shenanigans here.’’

(WASHINGTON, DC, 9/25/19) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today held a news conference in Falls Church, Va., to announce the filing of a discrimination complaint against Fast Trak, Inc. for an incident of alleged anti-Muslim religious discrimination.

VIDEO: CAIR News Conference Outside Fast Trak in Falls Church, Va.

https://youtu.be/BiC2XMCK_Fs

READ THE COMPLAINT: https://tinyurl.com/FASTTRAKComplaint

Fast Trak’s CEO allegedly ridiculed a Virginia Muslim job applicant – in front of company staff – by pointing at her hijab (religious head covering) and mocking her faith and her request for five-minute prayer breaks. Fast Trak reportedly denied her religious accommodation request and refused her employment.

CAIR’s complaint states in part:

“Assistant Manager Josie abruptly ended the meeting after denying her request for two five-minute breaks to allow her to pray, before walking her to a common area, and – in front of other staff– announcing to CEO Gavilondo that Ms. Indorewala’s ‘hours don’t work for her.’ He immediately threw his arms up in the air and chastised her exclaiming ‘this is a business.’ He then pointed at her hijab1 and mocked her, saying ‘Religion? I don’t wanna deal with that here. We don’t want those shenanigans here.’”

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 enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, gabbas@cair.com; CAIR Staff Attorney Zanah Ghalawanji, 202-516-4733, zghalawanji@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

 


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