CAIR to Announce Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against N. Virginia Verizon Contractor

CEO reportedly ridicules, denies employment to Virginia Muslim woman for requesting five-minute prayer breaks

(WASHINGTON, DC, 9/24/19) -- On Wednesday, Sept. 25, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference in Falls Church, Va., to detail a disturbing incident of alleged religious discrimination by Fast Trak, Inc.

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.

At the news conference, CAIR representatives, along with the Virginia woman who was ridiculed and denied employment, will announce the filing of a lawsuit against Fast Trak, Inc.

WHAT: CAIR News Conference to Announce Filing of Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

WHEN: Wednesday, September 25, 12:30 p.m. (Eastern)

WHERE: Outside Fast Trak Management Inc Headquarters, 2735 Hartland Rd, Suite 100, Falls Church, Virginia 22043

WHO: CAIR Representatives, Virginia Woman Denied Employment

CONTACT: Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, gabbas@cair.com; Staff Attorney Zanah Ghalawanji, 202-516-4733, zghalawanji@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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