CAIR-FL: Muslim Files Bias Suit Over Head Scarf


(ORLANDO, FL 6/22/05) - The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) has announced the filing of a workplace discrimination lawsuit by a Muslim woman who says she was denied the right to wear a religiously-mandated head scarf. CAIR-FL said the lawsuit, filed in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, alleges that Housing Trust Management Group, Inc., a Miami-based real estate development and management company, refused to provide reasonable religious accommodations for the woman's Islamic attire. The lawsuit claims that the Muslim worker was terminated from her position and told that she could not work "dressed like that." CAIR-FL assisted the Muslim woman in filing a complaint with the Florida Human Rights Commission.

Earlier this year, the commission issued a finding of cause acknowledging that discrimination had occurred. The Muslim woman is represented by prominent Orlando attorney David Rickey of Morgan & Morgan. TO VIEW THE COMPLAINT, SEE: http://www.cairfl.org/cases/Hammond_vs_HTMG.pdf "Companies doing business in our state must understand that individual's religious rights are protected by federal and state laws," said CAIR-FL Central FL Director Ahmed Bedier. CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.

CONTACT: Ahmed Bedier, CAIR Central FL Director, 813-731-9506, abedier@cairfl.org; David Rickey, Attorney, Morgan and Morgan, 800-945-1813; Altaf Ali, CAIR FL Executive Director 954-298-8214, altaf@cairfl.org

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