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CAIR-Georgia to Announce Federal Discrimination Complaint Against Augusta Restaurant Chain

(ATLANTA, GA, 2/1/2019) – On Monday, February 4, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) plans to hold separate press conferences in Atlanta, Ga., and Augusta, Ga., to announce the filing of a federal discrimination complaint against an Augusta restaurant chain.

Scheduled speakers include CAIR-Georgia’s client, an Augusta woman who resigned from her position at a popular restaurant chain after her conversion to Islam led her boss to harass her and threaten her job. During the press conference, CAIR-Georgia also plans to release data showing a significant spike in reports of employment discrimination against Georgia Muslims between 2016 and 2019.

WHAT: Atlanta Press Conference on Employment Discrimination Complaint & Data

WHEN: 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 4

WHERE: Atlanta, Georgia. For the address of the press conference, Atlanta journalists may RSVP by contacting info@ga.cair.com or calling 404-285-9530.

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WHAT: Augusta Press Conference on Employment Discrimination & Data

WHEN: 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4

WHERE: Augusta, Georgia. For the address of the press conference, Augusta journalists may RSVP by contacting info@ga.cair.com or calling 404-285-9530.

In a statement, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:

“We applaud this young woman for her courageous willingness to stand up for her rights, speak out against bigotry and reveal what she suffered in the workplace. Sadly, her story is not unique.

“Over the past two years, our office has documented a significant rise in complaints of employment discrimination against Georgia Muslims. Georgia Muslim workers have experienced various acts of bigotry, from a banker being mocked as a terrorist by his co-workers, to a chef whose hostile boss threw her prayer rug in the trash, to multiple women targeted for wearing hijabs.”

“We hope that this particularly-egregious incident in Augusta will lead more employees to speak up, and lead more employers to uphold the law, which forbids workplace discrimination and harassment.”

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: An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

 

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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, emitchell@cair.com

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