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CAIR-Missouri Urges Governor to Veto Bill Weakening Workplace Discrimination Protection

cair logos Missouri(ST. LOUIS, MO, 5/18/17) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic (CAIR-Missouri) is calling on Governor Eric Greitens to veto Senate Bill 43, which would significantly increase the burden for proving discrimination in the workplace.

In a joint letter to the governor, CAIR-Missouri Executive Director Faizan Syed and the group’s Civil Rights Staff Attorney Robert West wrote in part:

“The Missouri Human Rights Act includes some of the most important protections that workers in the state of Missouri enjoy. The premise of these protections is simple: we shall not tolerate any discrimination in the workplace. If discrimination plays any role in an employer’s adverse decisions against an employee or potential employee, or any role in creating a hostile work environment for an employee, then that employee has recourse to make them whole again.

“Signing SB 43 into law would send a clear message that in the State of Missouri, a certain level of discrimination in Missouri is perfectly acceptable, and there is nothing victims of discrimination can do about it. Passing this law will tell employers that they should feel free to discriminate against employees based on their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, age, and/or familial status, provided that discrimination remains within acceptable parameters as outlined by SB 43. As a civil rights organization, and furthermore as Missourians, we find this unacceptable.”

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, 314-403-3626,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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