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CAIR Files EEOC Complaint on Behalf of Maryland Muslim Woman Denied Right to Pray, Dress Modestly at Work

(WASHINGTON, DC, 5/6/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today announced the filing of a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) discrimination complaint on behalf of a Maryland Muslim woman and cashier at beauty supply store Beauty Max who was denied her rights to pray and to wear modest clothing at work.

READ: CAIR’s Charge of Discrimination

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Charge-of-Discrimination-Summor-Najjar-FINAL_Redacted.pdf

CAIR announced the filing during an online news conference earlier today.

WATCH CAIR’s Online News Conference: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1631139830383073

BACKGROUND:

On the woman’s first day at Beauty Max, in January 2020, employees and management denied her accommodation to pray in the store and told her, “I know you people have to pray, but you can’t do that here, none of that.” Beauty Max employees and management also denied the woman an accommodation to wear a full-length skirt. The woman repeatedly explained her faith’s requirements, but Beauty Max employees insisted she go home and change. The Maryland Muslim woman was forced to resign.

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

The Washington-based civil rights organization 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: An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

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

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CONTACT:  CAIR Staff Attorney Zanah Ghalawanji, 202-516-4733, zghalawanji@cair.com; Director of CAIR Office in Maryland Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, gabbas@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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