Alhamdulillah, CAIR filed an amicus ("friend of the court") brief today with the U.S. Supreme Court, which is considering whether clothing retailing giant Abercrombie & Fitch's refusal to hire a Muslim woman wearing a religious headscarf (hijab) was discriminatory.
Next year, the Supreme Court will determine whether a job applicant or employee is required to explicitly inform anemployer that his or her dress or grooming practice is religiously motivated and to request that the employer provide an accommodation. The ruling will have a profound impact on the ability of many American Muslims to obtain and secure employment.
The case, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., arises out of a complaint initially filed by CAIR's Oklahoma chapter on behalf of Samantha Elauf, a Muslim job applicant who was denied employment because she wears hijab.
Since CAIR opened its doors in 1994, our dedicated staff has been working tirelessly to defend your religious rights in major American corporations. We have successfully defended the rights of Muslim employees working at Sears, JCPenny, Dell, OfficeMax, FedEx, Hertz, UPS, Disney, Delta Air Lines, Taco Bell, Domino's Pizza, Solectron, T.J. Maxx, US Airways, Quality Inn Hotels, and many other important companies.
These victories don't just happen. Each case begins with the initial intake of the complaint for review by our legal staff. From there, cases can often be mediated by CAIR to an acceptable accommodation resolution. We also utilize our community action alerts to engage the community through mobilization, and email, letter-writing and call-in campaigns. In many cases, CAIR's public awareness efforts have helped bring about positive resolution.
Whatever approach we use, the fact remains. . .they all take time and resources. CAIR's Supreme Court brief that we filed today took hundreds of hours of work by our experienced attorneys to research and draft the brief. (Outside attorneys would have charged some $60,000.) Their work was made possible by your generous support.
We need that support to continue and to grow if we are to achieve more successes on your behalf, inshAllah.
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