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CAIR-DFW Applauds Chicken Express for Holding Cultural Competency Training Following Hijab Incident

CAIR-DFW Applauds Chicken Express for Holding Cultural Competency Training Following Hijab Incident

(DALLAS, TEXAS, 2/4/20) – The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations  (CAIR-DFW), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the Chicken Express franchise on Blue Mound Road in Saginaw, Texas, for utilizing CAIR-DFW to hold a cultural competency training after an incident involving a Muslim employee’s hijab (Islamic head scarf).

Earlier in the month, a Muslim woman was initially sent home for wearing a hijab at work. The employer responded to the incident by allowing the Muslim employee to return to work with her hijab as well as have the owner of the store, managers and other employees participate in a cultural competency training workshop hosted by CAIR-DFW. 

SEE: CAIR-DFW Expresses Concerns, Offers Diversity Training for Fast Food Outlet That Sent Worker Home for Wearing Hijab

The workshop was held on Jan. 21 before the store opened. It involved a presentation that discussed employee rights and religious accommodations of all faiths in the workplace and concluded with a question and answer session before the team opened the store.

“This is an example of an employer doing the right thing,†said CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed. “As the American workforce continues to diversify, it is important for employers to understand the changing dynamics. This is an example of an employer responding correctly to an incident and we hope that other employers will follow their lead.â€

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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. 


CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, Executive Director (469)290-2909,

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