(BETHESDA, MD, 12/3/04) – The Maryland and Virginia office of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MD/VA) today announced that it has
resolved the case of a Muslim worker who was denied the right to attend
obligatory Friday (Jummah) prayers by his employer.
The employee, who works as an electronic technician for Bellsouth in North
Carolina, said that he had previously been allowed to attend the prayers,
but had recently been told that the accommodation would no longer be
offered. The worker was thereby forced to take some Fridays off as vacation
days, and faced disciplinary action if he took off more time than his usual
CAIR MD/VA’s Civil Rights Department worked with the employee to file an
internal complaint with Bellsouth and helped negotiate an arrangement that
would meet Bellsouth’s concerns and allow the Muslim employee to attend the
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue,
protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions
that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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