CAIR-AZ: MUSLIM JOB APPLICANT WINS RIGHT TO WEAR HIJAB
(PHOENIX, AZ, 3/27/07) – The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today announced the successful resolution of a case of religious discrimination against a Muslim seeking employment.
A major corporation had refused to employ a Muslim woman unless she agreed to remove her hijab, or Islamic headscarf. Although federal laws provide for reasonable religious accommodation in the workplace, company officials justified their decision by pointing out the company’s hiring policy.
After receiving a complaint from the, CAIR-AZ conducted an investigation in cooperation with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC). The company later agreed to mediation and settlement out of court.
Under a confidential settlement, the company is obligated to provide a written apology to the woman, offer her a job within the company and pay her compensation.
CAIR-AZ Civil Rights Director of Mohammed AbuHannoud emphasized the importance of Muslim community members reporting incidents of discrimination. “The Constitution ensures all Americans freedom of religion and no one should remain silent when others try to stifle that right.”
CAIR offers a booklet, called “An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to prevent such incidents from occurring
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Civil Rights Director Mohammed AbuHannoud, 602-262-2247 OR 602-460-9987