Education – Our Know Your Rights Workshops empower the Muslim community by educating them about legal issues and their legal rights and responsibilities as American Muslims.

We work to educate the public and public officials on issues that impact the Muslim community. We organize conferences and training seminars for businesses, government and law enforcement agencies, media professionals and the academic community to highlight relevant Islamic practices and to discuss community issues. We also provide sensitivity and diversity training workshops to employers, educators and organizations.

Outreach & Volunteerism – We develop outreach activities with interfaith groups and organizations and work on joint community service projects that build a sense of community and friendship

We work tirelessly to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.  Our experienced attorneys provide free or low-cost legal representation for Muslims, and those perceived to be Muslim, who have experienced religious discrimination.  We frequently take cases involving employment discrimination, public accommodation, racial or ethnic profiling, hate crimes, and interaction with FBI and/or law enforcement agencies.

CAIR-Columbus Settles Employment Discrimination Case

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.

CAIR Offers $10k Reward for Info on Minnesota Mosque Blast

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.  More

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Oppose Bill Slashing Legal Immigration

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. More

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