CAIR-St Louis, Law Firm to Welcome Judge's Ruling in Favor of Religious Clothing for Taxi Driver
(ST. LOUIS, MO, 6/23/15) â€“ On Wednesday, June 24, the Law Office of Drew Baebler and the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) will hold a press conference in response to a Missouri judge's ruling in favor of Muslim taxi driver's right to wear religious attire while at work.
WHAT: Press Conference for Raja Naeem Vs. Metropolitan Taxicab Commission
WHERE: 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri, 10 N Tucker Blvd, St. Louis MO 63101
WHEN: Wednesday, June 24, 10 a.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626, firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 22, 2015 Circuit Judge Robert Dierker released a memorandum, order and judgment ruling in favor of Pakistani Muslim taxi driver Raja Naeem's right to wear his religious attire at work.
The order read in part: “As a matter of law, the Commission's decision is in error as to all penalties imposed on the basis of Mr. Naeem's violation of the dress code.”
“Wearing particular clothing as part of the practice of one's religion also implicates the First Amendment guaranty of freedom of speech. When both speech and religion are affected by regulation, there must be compelling justification.”
“In the case at bar, Mr. Naeem's right to express his religious beliefs by his mode of dress is directly infringed by the Commission's dress code. The Missouri Constitution clearly prohibits such infringement. Further commentary would be superfluous.”
Raja Naeem has been battling with the Saint Louis Taxi Cab Commission for years regarding his right to wear his religious attire while at work. During this time the commission imposed several fines on Naeem, revoked of his licenses, and even fired him from his job.
- See: Muslim Cab Driver Says He Was Fired Over Religious Dress; Appeals to St. Louis Judge
- Muslim Cab Driver Challenging Regional Taxicab Commission
- Muslim Driver Fights St. Louis Taxi Wardrobe Rules
“This is a victory for the First Amendment right to express one's religion freely,” said attorney Drew Baebler. “We are all very grateful to the judge for ruling in our favor and hope that this brings relief to not only Mr. Naeem but others in a similar position.”
“This decision demonstrates the positive impact one person can have when he or she is brave enough to stand up for constitutionally-guaranteed rights,” said CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed.
CAIR-St. Louis is a chapter of CAIR which 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-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-403-3626, email@example.com; Law Offices of Drew Baebler, 314-241-7700, DBaebler@bauer-baebler.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org