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CAIR-Missouri, Law Firm File Religious Discrimination Suit Against Securitas

CAIR logo(ST. LOUIS, MO, 10/25/16) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) and the law office of Peiffer Rosca Wolf have filed a federal nationwide class action lawsuit alleging Securitas Security Services, USA, Inc. and Securitas Security Services, Inc. (commonly known simply as “Securitas”) violated employees’ civil rights by discriminating against them based on their Islamic faith.

[NOTE: The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, located in St. Louis, Mo., on October 21.]

READ LAWSUIT: Zahraa-Imani Ali vs Securitas Security Services, USA, INC

“When instructing their Recruitment Specialist to deny Ms. Ali an interview, Securitas relied at least in part, but likely entirely, on the fact that Ms. Ali wears the hijab as part of her adherence to the Islamic faith,†said Robert West, civil rights attorney with CAIR-Missouri. “We believe that this is a case of employment discrimination under the laws of Missouri and the United States, and in pursuing this case, we hope to achieve justice for Ms. Ali and anyone else who has ever been discriminated against similarly.â€

“The mainstreaming of Islamophobia has made it much harder for American Muslims to gain employment because of religious discrimination,†said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-MO. “We hope this lawsuit will send a clear message to all employers to follow the law and not engage in discriminatory hiring practicesâ€.

The complaint requests that current and former Muslim job applicants receive monetary damages, as well as pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, attorneys’ fees, and other costs of litigation. Additionally, the complaint also requests that the case be certified as a class action and that Securitas be prevented from continuing with similar conduct in the future.

Securitas job applicants who believe they were subjected to discriminatory conduct by Securitas may contact Brandon Wise, one of the attorneys on the case, at 314-833-4825 or at bwise@prwlegal.com, for a free, no-obligation evaluation of their recovery options.

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-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed, 636-207-8882, 314-330-2946, E-Mail: fsyed@cair.com; CAIR-Missouri Staff Attorney Robert West,1-314-717-1088, E-Mail: rwest@cair.com; Peiffer Rosca Wolf attorney Brandon Wise, 314-833-4825, bwise@prwlegal.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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