(ANAHEIM, CA, 4/16/15) â€“ The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today announced that it has filed a public accommodation complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against Warner Bros. for a discriminatory policy that apparently caused the studio to ask two Muslim women wearing headscarves to move out of camera view during a show taping.
In February, four young women, two of whom wear Islamic headscarves (hijab) attended a taping of “The Real” talk show at the Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, Calif.
While waiting to enter the taping, studio officials told the women that the hijab-wearing women could not sit in the front row because they should not be seen on camera in accordance with studio policy. They complied with the request.
“Warner Bros. has no legal justification for removing the hijab-wearing women from the camera's view,” said CAIR-LA Senior Civil Rights Attorney Fatima Dadabhoy. “No studio should maintain such a discriminatory policy that prohibits people wearing religious head coverings from being seen in its studio audiences. It's especially baffling that this particular show would want to hide their visibly-Muslim viewers, when the show purports to cater to a wide-ranging audience with its diverse cast.”
One of the hosts of the show, Tamera Mowry, states on the show's website: “The greatest thing about America is its diversity and this show reflects that diversity. No matter who you are, there is someone at this table that will be speaking for you.”
CAIR-LA will continue to closely monitor the situation to bring about a resolution to end such discriminatory practices.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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-LA Communications Coordinator Ojaala Ahmad, 714.776.1847 or firstname.lastname@example.org