(NEW YORK, NY, 3/13/10) - The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed a determination by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that city officials discriminated against Debbie Almontaser "on account of her race, religion and national origin" by removing her as interim principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy in 2007 and disqualifying her for the permanent position as principal of that Arabic language school.
In a letter issued Tuesday, the EEOC stated that the Department of Education (DOE) "succumbed to the very bias that creation of the school was intended to dispel and a small segment of the public succeeded in imposing its prejudices on D.O.E. as an employer."
SEE: Federal Panel Finds Bias in Ouster of Principal (NY Times)
"This preliminary victory is a strong rebuke to the vocal, agenda-driven minority that seeks to marginalize the American Muslim and Arab-American communities," said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif. "We call on the Department of Education to reinstate Ms. Almontaser or place her in a comparable position."
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties group. 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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