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CAIR, Minn. Muslims To Call For Celestica Prayer Accommodation

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/5/05) – On Wednesday, July 6, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference in Minneapolis, Minn., to call on Canada-based electronics manufacturer Celestica Inc. to provide reasonable religious accommodation for its Muslim employees.

WHAT: News Conference Calling for Religious Accommodation at Celestica Facility in Arden Hills

WHEN: Wednesday, July 6, 2005, 11 a.m. (Central)

WHERE: Brian Coyle Community Center, 420 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN (SEE: http://www.puc-mn.org/html/centers.html )

CONTACT: CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-415-0799, E-Mail: arsalan@cair-net.org The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group says some 60 Somali Muslim workers at Celestica’s Arden Hills facility are not being allowed to offer religiously-mandated prayers. (SEE: http://www.celestica.com/locations/ ) CAIR says a number of the Muslim workers have been suspended or fired as a result of the prayer dispute. (CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar and representatives of the Muslim workers are scheduled to appear at the news conference.) In a letter sent last week to Celestica, CAIR requested that the company offer religious accommodation as required by law and sought compensation for the Muslim workers who lost their jobs. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires an employer to accommodate an individual’s religious practices unless the company can demonstrate that the accommodation causes an “undue hardship.” CAIR has successfully resolved similar prayer disputes at facilities owned by Dell Inc. and Solectron Corporation.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist’s window to the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called ISLAM-INFONET, receive news releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society. To SUBSCRIBE to or UNSUBSCRIBE from ISLAM-INFONET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/islam-infonet/

 

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