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CAIR to Announce Filing of EEOC, NLRB Complaints on Behalf of Muslim Workers Fired from Ariens Plant in Wisconsin

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/24/16) – On Wednesday, May 25, a representative of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will live-stream an announcement of the filing of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaints on behalf of 15 Muslim workers fired from an Ariens manufacturing plant in Wisconsin after the company changed its policy on accommodating prayer in the workplace.

MEDIA NOTE – CAIR’s news conference will be live-streamed on Facebook at:

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WHAT: CAIR Live-Streaming Announcement of EEOC, NLRB Filings on Behalf of Wisconsin Muslim Workers Fired from Ariens Plant Over Prayer Issue

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 1 p.m. (EST)

WHERE: Live-Streamed on Facebook from CAIR’s Capitol Hill Headquarters in Washington, D.C.,

CONTACT: CAIR Civil Rights Staff Attorney Maha Sayed, 202-640-4935,

CAIR is filing complaints with the Milwaukee regional offices of the EEOC and the NLRB on behalf of the Somali-Muslim employees who allege that Ariens discriminated and retaliated against them on the basis of their religion, national origin and race after the company stopped allowing the workers to take breaks to pray, but continued to allow unscheduled breaks for non-religious purposes. (NOTE: Complaints for additional workers may be filed in the future.)

Video: More Muslim Workers Fired by Ariens Plant in Wisconsin (CAIR)

CAIR, along with a Denver law firm, previously filed similar EEOC and NLRB complaints on behalf of Muslim workers at a Cargill plant in Fort Morgan, Colo.

CAIR: Somali Workers in Colorado File EEOC Complaint Against Cargill   

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   

Preventing Discrimination Against Muslim And Middle Eastern Employees

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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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