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CAIR-MN to Announce Filing of EEOC Discrimination Charges on Behalf of 21 Muslim Employees

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/26/16) – On Thursday, April 28, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a news conference to announce the filing of discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of 21 Somali-American Muslim employees against Truth Hardware and Doherty Staffing Solutions.

Some of the employees will be present at the news conference.

WHAT: Press Conference to Announce EEOC Discrimination Charges Against Manufacturing Company and Temporary Staffing Agency
WHERE: CAIR Minnesota, 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413 – Lower Level Conference Room
WHEN: Thursday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director, Amarita Singh, Esq., 612-206-3360, asingh@cair.com; CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com

Truth Hardware and Doherty Staffing Solutions employees were terminated around May and June 2015 after they asked for religious accommodations that would allow them to pray. Many employees were told that if they could not comply with the break schedule, they would have to go home and could not continue working. Others were told that if they needed a religious accommodation and could not wait until their shifts were over to pray, then they would have to go home and wait until the company notified them that an accommodation could be made. Many of these employees were never called back to work. Some employees were terminated for “violating the bathroom policy” by spilling water on the floor. This was clearly pretext for Truth Hardware's discriminatory actions.

“It is the constitutional right of these employees to have their religious practices accommodated, and companies need to start adapting their workplace policies accordingly,” said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Amarita Singh.

Some of the employees are seeking lost wages, while others are interested in going back to work if they will be accommodated. CAIR-MN is asking that the companies receive training to become more informed about how to effectively work with Muslims.

CAIR offers a booklet, called “An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” to help corporate managers gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.

SEE: An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director, Amarita Singh, Esq., 612-206-3360, asingh@cair.com; CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com; and CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726.

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