(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/1/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to consider whether Abercrombie and Fitch's refusal to hire a Muslim woman wearing a religious headscarf (hijab) was discriminatory.
A lower court said the company did not discriminate against the Muslim woman because she did not explicitly request religious accommodation.
In a statement, CAIR said:
“We believe that all Americans should have the right to participate in the workforce and to have their religious needs accommodated in doing so. No worker should be discriminated against by a potential employer simply because she or he chooses to wear religious attire.”
CAIR said it intends to submit an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the plaintiff in this case.
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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