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CAIR-San Diego to Announce Filing of Complaints Against Belmont Park After Muslim Women in Hijab Denied Access to Ride

CAIR logo(SAN DIEGO, CA, 4/11/16) – On Tuesday, April 12, the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) will hold a press conference to announce the filing of public accommodation complaints with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against Belmont Park after Muslim women wearing Islamic head scarves (hijab) were reportedly denied access to a ride.

[NOTE: CAIR is also seeking a response from the city of San Diego, which is believed to own the property and may receive compensation from ticket sales at Belmont Park.]

The complaints allege violations of California's Unruh Civil Rights Act based on Belmont Park's unwillingness to permit park attendees wearing Islamic head scarves to ride the “Beach Blaster.†CAIR-San Diego’s filing alleges that two Muslim women were refused access to the ride and that no signs are posted indicating Belmont Park's alleged safety concerns.

WHAT: CAIR-San Diego to Announce Filing of DFEH Complaints Against Belmont Park

WHO: CAIR-San Diego and individual clients denied access to the ride

WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, 10 a.m.

WHERE:  CAIR-San Diego Office, 7710 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111

CONTACT: CAIR-San Deigo Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991,

In 2014, the California chapter of CAIR and UNITED SIKHS filed three complaints with DFEH against Boomers! amusement park for barring park attendees wearing religious head coverings from its Go-Kart rides.

CAIR-CA: Muslim, Sikh Groups File Discrimination Complaints Against Boomers!

CAIR-SD is an office of CAIR, 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-SD Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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