Read About the Most Recent Civil Rights Abuses Reported to CAIR-Chicago

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October 2, 2010- October 21, 2010:

Employment

  • A Muslim man failed to get compensated by his company for his work. CAIR-Chicago is looking into the matter and will take whatever action deemed necessary.
  • A Muslim female employee was sent home after refusing to remove her headscarf (hijab). Her employer reportedly said, “Either take it off or go home.”  CAIR-Chicago contacted her employer to mediate the situation.
  • A Muslim woman was harassed at work and was told that she would be a better employee if she were Christian. She has also been reprimanded on several occasions for various allegations of misconduct. CAIR-Chicago is investigating the matter and will take whatever action deemed necessary.
  • A non-Muslim employee began wearing the headscarf (hijab) to work to support her daughter who recently converted to Islam and received hostile remarks from a co-worker. She is now afraid that she will lose her job. CAIR-Chicago is investigating the matter and will take whatever action deemed necessary.
  • A Muslim male employee was allegedly fired because he was a practicing Muslim. Prior to his termination, he was harassed at work for attending Friday congregational prayers (Jummah) and questioned by his manager about his beard and his trip to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage (Umrah). Workers have also encouraged him to eat while fasting, offering him pork and reportedly making comments such as, “God’s not looking, eat it.” CAIR-Chicago is investigating the matter and will take whatever action deemed necessary.
  • A Muslim employee’s job was threatened to be terminated despite approval from HR to book a flight to make pilgrimage (Hajj). CAIR-Chicago is investigating the matter and will take whatever action deemed necessary.
  • A Muslim employee’s job was threatened to be terminated, despite the worker’s positive reviews. The employee reported that her company is firing her on the basis of religion. CAIR-Chicago will look into the matter and take whatever action deemed necessary.
  • A Muslim physician was put on indefinite suspension without pay after making two routine errors in the course of standard treatment. He reported that his boss’ discriminatory attitude is the reason for his harsh punishment. CAIR-Chicago will look into the matter and take whatever action deemed necessary.
  • A Muslim school teacher requested to take an hour off from work to attend Friday congregational prayers (Jummah). He asked CAIR-Chicago to help him seek the school’s permission. CAIR-Chicago is investigating the matter and will take whatever action deemed necessary.

Government

  • An Islamic center was not required to obtain a special use permit by their local zoning department four years ago due to a lack of attendees. The center’s attendance has increased in recent years and the zoning department is enforcing stricter rules. CAIR-Chicago is monitoring the situation and providing council to assist in the permit process.
  • A Muslim man was interviewed three times at the U.S Embassy in Islamabad and was asked to show additional documentation while attempting to obtain a visa to visit his wife in the US. CAIR-Chicago is monitoring the situation and will take whatever action deemed necessary.
  • A Muslim man was stopped and searched by two police officers in a public plaza while he was praying. The officers told him he was doing something suspicious and searched his belongings. The man turned to CAIR-Chicago to ask the police for an apology. CAIR-Chicago will look into the matter and take whatever action deemed necessary.
  • A Muslim man’s naturalization process was interrupted by a solicitation charge that was ultimately dismissed. He asked CAIR-Chicago to help him schedule another naturalization interview. CAIR-Chicago will investigate the matter and take whatever action deemed necessary.

School

  • A Muslim student was harassed in school by students and staff who made demeaning remarks about the student’s ethnicity and accent. CAIR-Chicago has advised the family on the matter.
  • A Muslim student was suspended from school after being provoked by another student to fight. The student called Muslims “terrorists” and initiated the fight by choking the Muslim boy. Both students were subsequently suspended from school for three days. CAIR-Chicago has advised the family on the matter.

General

  • A Muslim man received death threats on his YouTube channel after posting a video in response to Islamophobic comments posted by another YouTube video blogger. Supporters of the video blogger made comments about finding the Muslim man’s place of residence. CAIR-Chicago informed the FBI of the case and will continue to closely monitor the situation.
  • A Muslim female feels targeted by the management team of her new apartment because she wears the headscarf (hijab). The building manager sent a notification with additional restrictions that apply only to her and four other tenants. She looked to CAIR-Chicago to seek advice on how to prevent and deal with future incidents. CAIR-Chicago will closely monitor the situation and take whatever action deemed necessary.

September 18, 2010- October 1, 2010:

Employment

  • A Muslim employee sent an e-mail inviting his co-workers to a free lunch in celebration of the Islamic holiday, Eid-Al-Fitr, and was reprimanded because the e-mail was deemed “inappropriate,” despite being approved by Human Resources (HR). CAIR-Chicago contacted his employer and is working to resolve the matter.
  • A Muslim employee was harassed by his supervisor at work who continuously made derogatory remarks such as “Do you hate my shoes because they are from Israel?  Do you hate Israel?” and “Do you think I discriminate against you because I’m Jewish and you’re Arab?” CAIR- Chicago advised the employee of possible legal options.
  • A Muslim woman reported that she was sexually harassed and discriminated at her workplace. She contacted CAIR-Chicago to seek counsel. CAIR-Chicago will look into the matter and will take whatever action deemed necessary.
  • A Muslim female employee was fired from her job after talking with her manager about moving her sister, another store employee, to another department. Her manager claimed that she used “offensive language.” CAIR-Chicago advised the employee of possible legal options.

Prison

  • A Muslim inmate filed a grievance report because he was denied halal meals in prison and not allowed to perform his regular prayers. CAIR-Chicago will contact the prison’s administration on the inmate’s behalf.
  • A Muslim inmate contacted CAIR-Chicago in order to obtain an Imam to facilitate weekly prayer services (Jummah). CAIR-Chicago is working with the prison and a Chicago Imam to set up appropriate services.

School

  • A Muslim student was beaten at his middle-school by another student and suffered injuries to his eye, cheek, jaw, back, and hands. CAIR-Chicago is investigating the matter and will take whatever action deemed necessary.
  • A Muslim student was harassed by a group of students on his school bus on the way to school and called “terrorist” by his peers. CAIR-Chicago is investigating the matter and will take whatever action deemed necessary.

Government

  • A Muslim man who is a green card holder was denied entry into Canada and detained for questioning by the FBI. He was taking a female friend that was six months pregnant to visit her brother-in-law. CAIR-Chicago is closely monitoring the situation to make sure the case is dealt with appropriately.
  • A Muslim man was sent a letter by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denying his application for citizenship after his green card expired and his wife divorced him. CAIR-Chicago will investigate the matter and take whatever action deemed necessary.
  • A Muslim man was denied a certificate of citizenship by the USCIS after failing to receive a notice by them asking for a photo. CAIR-Chicago advised the man of possible legal options to redress the situation.
  • A Muslim man was interrogated by the FBI because of his frequent trips abroad. CAIR-Chicago recommended filing a Freedom of Information Act/ Privacy Act with the FBI or a TRIP request with the U.S. Department Homeland Security (DHS) as an initial step.
  • A Muslim man was stopped at the airport and questioned arbitrarily. CAIR-Chicago filed a TRIP complaint with DHS and will help him with his naturalization application.

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