(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/2/12) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today hosted its “Positive Interactions” employer workshop to address issues of religious accommodation in the workplace.
More than 20 managers from Twin Cities metro-area companies, including several large corporations, attended the day-long workshop to better understand the legal obligation of religious accommodation and to learn about customs and practices of Muslim employees.
“CAIR-MN offers a positive, multi-pronged methodology to resolving civil rights conflicts and a big part of that approach is education,” said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Coordinator Munazza Humayun. “Our goal is to avoid any problems that may arise due to misunderstandings about Islam or religious accommodation laws.”
Humayun added that employment discrimination cases amount to more than 40 percent of the total civil rights cases reported to CAIR-MN.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.
In addition to the ‘Positive Interactions’ workshop, CAIR-MN offers several customized trainings.
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 is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori Saroya, 612-327-6700, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-MN Civil Rights Coordinator Munazza Humayun, Esq., 763-227-7650, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org