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CAIR-Kansas Announces EEOC Complaint Over Harassment, Assault on Muslim Chipotle Employee  

(KANSAS CITY, 8/27/2021) – The Kansas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today announced the filing of a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of the Muslim Female employee of Chipotle Mexican Grill in Lenexa, Kan., who was reportedly subjected to harassment by her assistant manager, who repeatedly demanded to “see her hair,” and allegedly forcibly pulled her hijab (religious head-cover).   

READ: Filed Charge of Discrimination  

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/EEOC.pdf

The complaint and charge were filed by Amy Coopman, a Kansas City attorney with extensive experience with employment and civil rights litigation who was retained by CAIR-Kansas to represent the Muslim victim.  

Earlier this month, CAIR-Kansas called for the assistant manager to be fired.  

SEE: CAIR-Kansas Calls on Chipotle to Fire Manager Who Harassed, Assaulted Female Muslim Employee   

Video: CAIR-Kansas Calls on Chipotle to Fire Manager Who Harassed, Assaulted Female Muslim Employee  

BACKGROUND:  

Since July 2021, the Muslim employee allegedly experienced repeated harassment by an Assistant Manager asking to “see her hair” to which she responded that she wears the hijab for religious reasons and would not remove it. The assistant manager would allegedly repeat that same request while the employee continued working.    

On Aug. 9, the employee was reportedly again approached by the assistant manager asking again to see her hair, to which she responded “no” and returned to her work. The assistant manager then allegedly proceeded to forcibly pull the employee’s hijab off. Both the employee’s cousin, who works the same shift and faced the same harassment from the assistant manager, and the shift supervisor witnessed the incident.  

“While we were encouraged by Chipotle’s initial response to the incident, and their intent to make sure the employee’s harassment is stopped, we have not seen or heard of any solid action in that regard,” said Moussa Elbayoumy, Board Chair of CAIR-Kansas. “We are determined to see justice done in this case and that no other person is subjected to this type of behavior in the future, and will do anything we need to in order to achieve this goal.” 

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-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, melbayoumy@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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