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CAIR-MI Files Federal Suit Against City of Detroit, Detroit Fire Department Over Bias Targeting Muslim EMT

(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 5/16/2019) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), a chapter of the Nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, today filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a Muslim emergency medical technician (EMT) against the City of Detroit and the Detroit Fire Department for his discriminatory treatment  and unfair discipline.

CAIR-MI had previously filed an EEOC complaint against the city on behalf of the Muslim EMT worker who was discriminated against by a captain who had dozens of Islamophobic, racist and xenophobic posts on social media. 

SEE: Detroit Fire Department Captain Suspended Over Racist Social Media Posts

That filing resulted in a finding that the Muslim EMT worker had been discriminated against by the captain. However, the City of Detroit, and the Detroit Fire Department have failed to take action, prompting CAIR-MI to file a federal civil rights complaint against the city, the Fire Department, the captain and the assistant superintendent.

“No one who provides a public service to the community should be subjected to racism and Islamophobia on the job,” said CAIR-MI staff attorney Amy V. Doukoure. “The City holds a public trust to ensure that its citizens and workers feel safe and included no matter their faith, race or nationality. In this case, the city and the fire department have failed in their public trust by failing to take action when faced with evidence that Captain Goodman allowed his bigotry and racism to influence his workplace interactions with his subordinates.”

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

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


CONTACT: CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure (586) 943-8823,; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid (248) 842-1418,

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