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Her boss told her: “Prayer is important to you, but money is important to me.”

“Take that hoodie off your head.” 

“You don’t have to wait for God to wake up for you to pray.” 

“Prayer is the most important thing to you, but money is the most important thing to me.” 

These were just some of the bigoted and illegal remarks that Ms. Diamond Powell—a McDonald’s manager in Maryland’s largest airport—experienced after she converted to Islam, began wearing a hijab, and took short breaks to pray at work. 

With your support, CAIR has filed a federal lawsuit against this McDonald’s franchisee for harassing her, banning her from praying, and forcing her out of a job that she did well. Click here to watch our press conference announcing the lawsuit.

Sadly, Ms. Powell is not alone in experiencing such illegal conduct. 

Last week, CAIR also sued a Delaware government agency on behalf of three Muslim women—Tia Mays, Madinah Brown and Shakeya Thomas—who were forced to resign because they refused to stop wearing hijabs at state youth facilities.This is not acceptable. Not in Delaware. Not in Maryland. Not anywhere. 

When CAIR’s legal team files lawsuits on behalf of brave Muslim women like these clients, we are not only standing up for their rights. We are standing up for your rights. 

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. If one employer can get away with religious discrimination anywhere in America, other employers may be able to get away with religious discrimination across America. 

Madinah, Diamond, Tia and Shakeya stood up for all of us when they called CAIR for help. Now you have chance to stand with them. Will you help us raise $10,000 so that we can win their cases and advance our other critical work? 

Federal lawsuits take up significant time and resources; the deposition of a single witness can cost as much as $2,000. We expect the three Delaware cases to cost up to $50,000 in legal fees. Any donation, whether $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000 will help us meet our goal and pursue our other civil rights and advocacy work, insha Allah. 

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