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CAIR-St. Louis: Taxi Driver Claims Retaliation, Harassment for Religious Attire

CAIR-logo(SAINT LOUIS, MO, 12/9/2013) — On Tuesday December 10, the St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis), the Law Offices of Drew Babler and taxi driver Raja Naeem will hold a press conference in front of the Cab Commission office to discuss allegations of retaliation against Raja Naeem for filing complaints against the commission for religious clothing accommodation.

WHEN: Tuesday December 10, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: 2628 Delmar, St. Louis, MO 63103
CONTACT: CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, (314)330-2946, fsyed@cair.com; Attorney Drew Baebler, (314)241-7700, dbabler@bauer-baebler.com

In 2012, Naeem filed a law suit against the taxicab commission over religious attire after allegedly having been harassed, detained and ultimately arrested by Whelan Security for picking up a customer at the Lambert St. Louis International Airport.

SEE: Muslim Cabbie Sues St. Louis, Taxicab Commission Over Clothing Rules

Since that time, Naeem has continued to be stopped from picking up passenger and has been given tickets and fines for wearing religious clothing. He believes that this is continued retaliation against him for filing suit against the commission and reporting them to the Human Rights Commission.

Naeem was given a revocation letter for his taxicab driver’s license and has to pay administrative penalties totaling $700.

“The alleged retaliation and continued harassment against Mr. Naeem is unacceptable,†said CAIR-St. Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed. “Mr. Naeem is merely trying to making a living and stay true to what he holds as his religious beliefs.â€

Naeem will be appearing in the taxi commission court following the press conference disputing 10 tickets, the revocation of his licenses and having to pay fees of $700.

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-St.Louis Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-330-2946, faizan@cair-stlouis.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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