CAIR-Columbus announced today that it has reached a settlement with a local company who had wrongfully terminated a Muslim woman. The Muslim woman was terminated in November 2016 after being subjected to a hostile work environment based on her race and religion.
She was ridiculed by senior management for wearing her religiously mandated headscarf (hijab) and mocked for fasting during the month of Ramadan. She was also subjected to racial abuse and slurs. When she complained about the mistreatment and abuse, she was terminated in retaliation for her complaints.
“Our client is pleased that this matter was successfully resolved and that she will be receiving a monetary compensation for the harassment that she was subjected to,” said CAIR-Columbus Legal Director Romin Iqbal. “We have seen an increase in anti-Muslim sentiment in the last two years and we are getting more reports of Muslim employees being harassed at work and not given religious accommodations. While monetary settlements don’t negate the emotional impact discrimination has on victims, it does send a strong message to the perpetrators that such behavior will not be tolerated., he added.
CAIR-Columbus is currently representing over 50 Muslims who have been wrongfully terminated from the workplace.
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. The CAIR-Ohio Affiliate has three chapters – Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.
Today, CAIR-Ohio joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation, CAIR chapters from California, Florida, and NY, along with Asian Americans Advancing Justice and several other leading civil rights organizations, to file a brief in federal court asserting that the search of cell phones and other electronic devices at the border is unlawful.
The joint brief was submitted in U.S. v. Molina-Isidoro, a case currently on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The brief contends that any search of cell phones and digital devices are “non-routine” and fall outside the border control exception to the 4th Amendment; therefore, all searches of such devices must require a warrant. We believe that electronic devices hold sensitive and extensive information and unwarranted searches are a gross violation of privacy and individual rights.
Read the brief here
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who reportedly bombed a mosque in that state this morning during a prayer service. [NOTE: The Muslim American Society of Minnesota is offering a similar reward.]
CAIR’s national office is also urging mosques and Islamic centers nationwide to step up security measures. Read More
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans of conscience to urge their members of Congress to not support the Trump administration-endorsed RAISE Act (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act), that slashes legal immigration in half from 1 million to 500,000 new Green Card holders and favors English speakers. Read More
Last week, Mahmoud El-Yousseph, a Columbus-area Muslim and retired U.S. Air Force veteran, came across an offensive target at a local gun range called AimHi. Mr. El-Yousseph and his son were both offended by the target, which appeared to be a skeleton caricature of a man wearing an Arab style headdress. Read More
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today called on all Americans who value the Constitution to contact their elected representatives in Congress to urge them to oppose the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act.”
CAIR and other civil rights organizations say that proposed legislation would violate the constitutionally-guaranteed free speech rights of American business owners and individuals who participate in the international boycott of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine territories. Read More
CAIR-Columbus announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department on behalf of a Muslim-American plaintiff, asking a federal court in Ohio to order the State Department to issue him a U.S. passport. The Plaintiff in the lawsuit was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2013. After his previous U.S. passport pages became full, he applied to renew his passport. He went in person to the State Department’s Passport Office in Minneapolis, and paid the extra fee for “expedited” passport renewal service. Read More
On May 5, CAIR-Columbus filed a mandamus lawsuit in federal court in the Southern District of Ohio on behalf of an Iranian green card holder, who had a citizenship application pending for nearly a year and a half without adjudication. He had no criminal history and had been a permanent resident of the United States for over a decade. He also held a doctorate and a post doctorate from elite American universities. No reason was provided to him for the unfair delay of his citizenship application. Read More
(COLUMBUS, OHIO, 7/11/2017) — The Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Columbus) today called on Columbus and Hilliard police departments to step up investigations of a string of burglaries of Muslim businesses and is urging business owners and community members to boost security. Read More
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried the Trump administration’s new “Muslim ban” guidelines as a violation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling, and promised to file legal challenges to the rules if implemented. Read More
The US Supreme Court will hear the Muslim Ban cases in October. In the meantime they have lifted the injunctions on parts of the ban.
Here are the main points you need to know:
Starting Thursday June 29 at 8:00 pm If you are from these 6 countries (Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Sudan) and don’t have a bona fide relationship (personal, work, study) AND don’t already have a visa by June 28, 2017 – you can’t get a visa or enter the United States for 90 days starting June 29, 2017. Read More
This week, the United States Supreme Court plans to conduct an initial review of President Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0, which has been blocked from taking effect due to the federal court cases in Maryland and Hawaii.
Judges in those cases issued nationwide injunctions preventing implementation of sections 2(c) and 6 of the Ban, which barred travel from the six designated countries and suspended refugee processing. The federal government has appealed those cases. The Fourth and Ninth Circuits have both upheld the injunctions. At this point the federal government has filed a petition for certiorari with the Supreme Court, meaning they have asked the Court to hear one or both cases. This week the US Supreme Court will decide whether to hear the cases and also whether to grant or deny a stay of the current injunctions (meaning the ban would go back into effect). Read More
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/21/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it is representing the family of a Virginia Muslim teen who was murdered Sunday.
Nabra Hassanen, 17, of Reston, Va., was abducted after leaving the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque in northern Virginia allegedly by a man who was later arrested on suspicion of murder. CAIR has called for a thorough investigation of a possible bias motive in the case.
CAIR: Muslims Question Whether Girl’s Killing was Road Rage (AP)
CAIR: Killing of Muslim Teen Stirs Questions About Hate Crime Prosecutions (Washington Post) Read More
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Muslim communities nationwide to step up security measures for end-of-Ramadan activities following a terror attack on Muslims outside a mosque in London, the murder of a Muslim teen near a Virginia mosque and the murder of two men who defended a Muslim being harassed in Oregon. Read More