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CAIR-MN Welcomes DHS Investigation into TSA Profiling of Somali-Americans

jaylani press conference The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to open an investigation into an allegation of profiling by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

SEE: Homeland Security Investigating after Reports of Racial Profiling at MSP

http://kstp.com/news/homeland-security-investigating-reports-tsa-racial-profiling-msp-airport/4128213/ 

 A TSA manager in Minnesota revealed that he was instructed by his supervisor to provide the names of Somali-American leaders visiting the agency's office so they could be screened against national security databases for terrorist ties. 

SEE: Inspector General Opens Investigation of Alleged Profiling by the Transportation Security Administration

https://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/pr/2016/oigpr-050516.pdf 

 "We welcome this investigation and hope it results in the accountability and transparency needed to rebuild trust in the Minnesota TSA," said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. "Racial and religious profiling is unconstitutional, immoral, ineffective, and undermines the core principals of our democracy."

CAIR-MN and Muslim community leaders had called for just such an investigation. 

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CAIR-MN to Announce Filing of EEOC Discrimination Charges on Behalf of 21 Muslim Employees

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CAIR-MN to Announce Filing of EEOC Discrimination Charges on Behalf of 21 Muslim Employees

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/27/16) - On Thursday, April 28, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a news conference to announce the filing of discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of 21 Somali-American Muslim employees against Truth Hardware and Doherty Staffing Solutions.

Some of the employees will be present at the news conference.

WHAT: Press Conference to Announce EEOC Discrimination Charges Against Manufacturing Company and Temporary Staffing Agency

WHERE: CAIR Minnesota, 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413 - Lower Level Conference Room

WHEN: Thursday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.

Truth Hardware and Doherty Staffing Solutions employees were terminated around May and June 2015 after they asked for religious accommodations that would allow them to pray. Many employees were told that if they could not comply with the break schedule, they would have to go home and could not continue working. Others were told that if they needed a religious accommodation and could not wait until their shifts were over to pray, then they would have to go home and wait until the company notified them that an accommodation could be made. Many of these employees were never called back to work. Some employees were terminated for "violating the bathroom policy" by spilling water on the floor. This was clearly pretext for Truth Hardware's discriminatory actions.

"It is the constitutional right of these employees to have their religious practices accommodated, and companies need to start adapting their workplace policies accordingly," said CAIR-MN Civil Rights Director Amarita Singh.

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CAIR-MN held news conference on the Filing of EEOC, NLRB Charges on Behalf of Somali Bus Drivers

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Today, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) held a news conference to announce the filing of discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and unfair labor practices charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on behalf of 15 bus drivers of Somali-heritage against Monarch Bus Services and the Minneapolis and Suburban Bus Company.

Several charges are in the process of being filed with the EEOC, Longfellow said. They allege discrimination based on ethnicity.

"The bus companies treated us unfairly and would not listen to the group's concerns,” group leader Mahmud Kanyare said. “The school children suffered because they had to ride in cold buses during a Minnesota winter."

Click Here to Watch the Press Conference 

https://www.facebook.com/CAIR.Minnesota/videos/989605864480484/ 

 

CAIR-MN to Announce Filing of EEOC, NLRB Charges on Behalf of Somali Bus Drivers

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(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/21/16) - On Friday, April 22, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a news conference to announce the filing of discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and unfair labor practices charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on behalf of 15 bus drivers of Somali-heritage against Monarch Bus Services and the Minneapolis and Suburban Bus Company.
The Somali bus drivers will be present at the news conference.
WHAT: Press Conference to Announce EEOC Discrimination Charges and NLRB Unfair Labor Practices Charges Against School Bus Companies
WHERE: CAIR Minnesota, 2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413 - Lower Level Conference Room
WHEN: Friday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney, Ellen Longfellow, Esq. (612) 206-3360, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Monarch Bus Services and Minneapolis and Suburban Bus Company fired the 15 school bus drivers on January 21, 2016 after they formed a group called the United Community of Drivers to talk about the companies' work conditions and discrimination issues. The company refused to talk to the group and told them all to leave the property or they would call the police.
SEE: Group of Minneapolis School Bus Drivers Walks Off Job

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CAIR-MN, Community Leaders Addressed Rising Islamophobia in Minnesota

 

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On Tuesday, April 5, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will join interfaith, social justice and community organizations and leaders at a news conference in St. Paul., Minn., to address the challenges facing Minnesota Muslims because of the rise of Islamophobia in that state and nationwide.

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CAIR-MN Receives National Award for Promoting Diversity

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(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/1/16) - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) has received the 2016 Winds of Change diversity award from the Forum on Workplace Inclusion, in partnership with the University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business. The Forum is the largest diversity and inclusion conference in the country. 

The Winds of Change Award goes to an individual or organization that has demonstrated sustained support for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace and raised awareness of workplace diversity. 

Celebrating its 28th year in 2016, the Forum on Workplace Inclusion convenes in Minneapolis each year to engage national and international people, advance ideas and ignite change around the topics of diversity, inclusion and equity.

SEE: 2016 Winds of Change Award to CAIR-Minnesota

https://www.stthomas.edu/workplaceforum/events/diversity-awards/   

In the award acceptance speech, CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein said: "We greatly humbled and honored to be receiving this award. CAIR-MN works hard every day to make workplace inclusion a reality for our clients and our communities.”

Hussein added, “we value our partnership and trainings we offer with many of the Forum attendees in order to build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”

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