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CAIR-Cincinnati Awarded ‘Outstanding Case of the Year’ by Cincinnati Employment Lawyers Association

awardWEB(CINCINNATI, OHIO, 8/21/2015) – The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) was presented with the 2014 “Outstanding Case of the Year Award†yesterday by the Cincinnati Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) for its work on a civil rights employment case in 2013-2014.

The case involved 23 workers who were fired from the DHL Global Mail facility in Hebron, Ky., for seeking their religious rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The workers were fired for insisting on their right to have flexible break times so they could perform their religious duty to pray at prescribed times during the day. CAIR-Cincinnati was able to bring the case to a successful conclusion for the workers.

Former CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney, Booker Washington, was the attorney on the case; however, he was not able to be present to receive the award. Instead, CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney, Sana Hassan, attended the ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

“It is an honor for CAIR-Cincinnati to receive this recognition from CELA for the work we do on behalf of our clients,†said Hassan. “It is gratifying to have CAIR’s important work recognized by other attorneys in the field of employment law. Our thanks go out to CELA for this award and for providing their assistance in the resolution of this case.â€

CELA was founded in 1984 and is an affiliate of OELA, the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association.

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-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, kdabdoub@cair.com

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