CAIR to Announce EEOC Complaint by Delaware Muslim Employee Denied Right to Wear Hijab

(WASHINGTON, DC, 10/16/19) -- On Thursday, Oct. 17, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference in Wilmington, Del., to announce the filing of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint against the New Castle County Detention Center for denying a Muslim woman -- who is a current employee -- the legally-protected right to wear an Islamic head scarf, or hijab, while doing her job.

CAIR’s news conference will be held outside the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families (DSCYF), the state agency that oversees the detention center.

For months, officials at the detention center have prohibited the Muslim employee from clocking-in to work because of her hijab. CAIR representatives, along with the New Castle County resident who works for the state agency, will announce the filing of the EEOC complaint.

[MEDIA NOTE: CAIR’s news conference will be livestreamed at: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/ ]

WHAT: CAIR News Conference to Announce Filing of EEOC Complaint on Behalf of Delaware Muslim

WHEN: Thursday, October 17, 12:30 p.m. (Eastern)

WHERE: Outside the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families, 1825 Faulkland RoadWilmington, DE 19805-1195

WHO: CAIR Representatives, Delaware Woman Denied Employment Over Hijab

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

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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