(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 2/15/2016) â€“ The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today announced the filing of a federal religious discrimination lawsuit against TriMedx, a healthcare technology management organization, and its parent companies, Medxcel and Ascension, on behalf of an American Muslim Egyptian biomedical technician.Â
The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit.
Abdelrahman Yasser Hassane, was hired as a Tech Plus One employee, a fully-benefitted training program.Â When he requested time off to celebrate last yearâ€™s Eid al-Fitr holiday in accordance with his Islamic faith, vacation time to which he was entitled under the companyâ€™s policy, he was suddenly demoted to a low-level inventory job that does not require a degree or training, removed from the training program, placed on probation and denied a promotion and salary increase that all other Tech Plus One employees that commenced their employment at the same time received.
The law firm of Carrie Pastor & Associates, P.C., is cocounsel on the case.Â The lawsuit seeks, among other things, punitive damages, back pay, front pay and lost benefits.
â€œThe companyâ€™s actions are clear attempts to force Mr. Hassane to quit his employment after expressing his Islamic faith for the first time in the workplace,â€ said CAIR-MI Senior Staff Attorney Lena Masri.
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CAIR is Americaâ€™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.
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