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CAIR-Philadelphia to Announce EEOC Complaint Against Agnes Irwin School Over Unlawful Firing of Palestinian-American Athletic Trainer

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 3/15/22) – On Wednesday, March 16, the Philadelphia chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Philadelphia) will hold a news conference to announce the filing of a federal charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Agnes Irwin School (AIS) on behalf of Natalie Abulhawa, a Palestinian-American Muslim athletic trainer who was unlawfully terminated from her employment allegedly based on Islamophobic smears. 

WHEN: Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 a.m.   

WHERE: The Friends Center MLK Room; 3rd Floor 1501 Cherry Street; Philadelphia, PA 19102   

WHO: Natalie Abulhawa, Attorneys Timothy Welbeck (CAIR-Philadelphia) and Ryan Allen Hancock   

CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Outreach and Education Director Ahmet Tekelioglu, PhD,; 617.401.5397   


Abulhawa, a Palestinian Muslim woman received an offer for employment to join AIS as a full-time Certified Athletic Trainer. Prior to joining AIS, Abulhawa successfully completed and passed multiple screenings, including a general and criminal background check, education and employment verification, employment recommendations and other screenings. She was reportedly terminated based on allegations of an anti-Palestinian, Islamophobic hate platform.  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.             

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.            


CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Outreach and Education Director Ahmet Tekelioglu, PhD,; 617.401.5397