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CAIR-MI Files EEOC Complaint on Behalf of Detroit Paramedic Facing Discrimination

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 5/4/17) — The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a Michigan Muslim paramedic who asserts being subjected to discrimination in the workplace.

The paramedic, who works for the Detroit Fire Department, reports having faced a pattern of discriminatory acts against him over a period of years. The actions include being passed over for promotion for lesser qualified individuals and being subjected to selective disciplinary action by a supervisor who posts bigoted and anti-immigrant material on social media. 

“No civil servant who risks their life to save others should be subjected to explicit and implicit racism and xenophobia at the workplace,” said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, 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-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure, 313-405-9130, adoukoure@cair.com; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, dwalid@cair.com

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