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CAIR-Minnesota (CAIR-MN) Today Sues UPS, Staffing Company for Firing Muslim Workers Over Prayer
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/1/2017) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today announced the filing of a lawsuit in state court against UPS Mail Innovations and Doherty Staffing Solutions for firing multiple Muslim employees who wanted to pray during their break times after previously having allowed them to pray.
The plaintiffs stated that there had been no problem with them using their break time to pray until a new UPS operations manager was hired. He then terminated employees who wanted to pray.
CAIR Welcomes Religious Exemption Granted for Minnesota Teenage Muslim Boxer’s Hijab
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/20/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a religious exemption granted to a teenage Muslim boxer in Minnesota who was previously barred from competition because she wears an Islamic head scarf, or hijab.
Amaiya Zafar, 16, from Oakdale, Minn., will be allowed to compete wearing hijab under a new rule covering religious exemptions that is expected to be formally adopted by the USA Boxing board of directors in June. Under the new rule, which applies only to local “non-advancing matched bouts,” a request for a religious exemption must be made for each event in which the boxer wishes to participate.
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/6/17) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) Today expressed concerned about the recent spike of hate crimes targeting Minnesota Muslims. Four hate crime incidents targeting Muslims men and women occurred in a span of two weeks in Minnesota.
On March 25th, Willmar man, Zachary Todd Degraw, 23 choked a Somali cab driver while driving from downtown St. Cloud to a bar east of the city. Degraw, face charges of assault motivated by bias, a gross misdemeanor, and two counts of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. Drew
"Our community is on edge as we continue to get more reports of hate crimes targeting the Minnesota Muslim Community," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "We ask our state leaders to publicly repudiate the growing Islamophobia that has resulted in an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes in our state"
Hussein noted four incidents have occurred in a span of two week in Moorhead, two in Minneapolis and in one in St Cloud.
CAIR-MN Seeks Criminal Charges for Harassment Targeting Muslim Woman Shopper
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/21/17) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) is calling on law enforcement authorities to reconsider bringing criminal charges against a man who allegedly harassed a Muslim woman shopper in Moorhead, Minn., because of her Islamic attire (hijab).
According to the alleged victim, Fardoso Mohamed who was shopping at the Hornbacher's in Moorhead MN, the man told her, "Hey, you need to remove the hijab." "He was very close to me, and he was yelling very hard, very mad," said Mohamed, who noted that harassment of hijab-wearing women is not unusual in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Mohamed says she walked away from the man, but he reportedly followed her through the store and confronted her again about her religious attire. Bystanders did not assist Mohamed or intervene on her behalf. But a Hornbacher’s employee did confront the perpetrator, and he eventually left. A Moorhead police spokesman said he believed that while the man's behavior was rude, no laws were broken.