(DALLAS, TX, 11/30/17) — The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) and Tremain Artaza PLLC today filed an employment discrimination complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission’s Civil Rights Division on behalf of a young Muslim woman who alleges that Dillard’s refused her employment due to her hijab.
The woman applied to work as a salesperson at the Dillard’s department store in Garland, Texas, and wore her hijab to her interview with a department manager. The woman’s employment discrimination complaint asserts that the department manager offered the woman the sales position but told the woman that she would not be permitted to wear her hijab while working on the sales floor.
The complaint further asserts that after the woman’s sister intervened and complained to the store manager about the no-hijab policy, the store manager did not allow the woman to begin training but instead told the woman Dillard’s would be conducting more interviews for the position and keep her application under consideration. The woman has not since heard from Dillard’s about the position.
“This is an unfortunate and obvious case of employment discrimination, and we are disappointed in the actions of Dillard’s managers. We look forward to the Texas Workforce Commission fully investigating this act of religious discrimination and to bringing justice for this young woman,” said CAIR-DFW Civil Rights Director and attorney Nikiya Natale.
“The United States Supreme Court held in 2015 that employers cannot deny sales positions to Muslim women who wear hijabs. Our country embraces religious freedom and this includes the right of persons of faith to wear religious garb such as crosses, yarmulkes, and hijabs, in the workplace,” explained Tremain Artaza PLLC attorney Christine Hopkins.
CAIR offers a booklet, called “An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” to help employers gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims in the workplace.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Civil Rights Director Nikiya Natale, Esq., 469-998-2246, firstname.lastname@example.org