(TAMPA, FL, 2/6/08) – The Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa) today announced that a Florida manager of a Pennsylvania-based security company has been suspended for calling a Muslim job applicant a “terrorist.”
The suspension of the St. Moritz Security Services, Inc. (SMSSI) manager came following CAIR-Tampa’s intervention in the case.
On January 11, 2008, a licensed security guard who is Muslim applied for a job listed on the website Craigslist.com. Minutes after applying online, the Muslim applicant received an e-mail reply from SMSSI’s Florida operations manager with the word “terrorist.”
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CAIR-Tampa filed a complaint with SMSSI seeking “appropriate” action. SMSSI agreed to resolve the case by issuing a written apology to the Muslim applicant, suspending the manager, offering an interview to the applicant, committing to implement a zero-tolerance discrimination policy, and incorporating sensitivity training relating to Muslims applicants and employees.
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“We are pleased that SMSSI took responsibility for the incident and responded in a swift and professional manner,” said CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier. “Corporations should know that Islamophobia, like other forms of discrimination, is unacceptable in the workplace.”
Bedier said CAIR publishes a booklet, called “An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” designed to prevent these types of incidents.
SEE: An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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-Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Strategic Communications Director Ahmed Rehab, 202-870-0166, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org