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CAIR-CA Report Shows Rise in Harassment and Employment Discrimination Against Muslims

December 24, 2009

In California Employment & Labor news, the California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) recently released an annual report that shows an increase in the number of employment discrimination and harassment incidents against Muslims in 2008.

The report is titled "The Status of Muslim Civil Rights, California 2009" and offers a summary of discrimination, anti-Muslim violence and harassment in the workplace in California during the 2008 calendar year.

In comparison to the 2007 report, complaints of employment discrimination, verbal harassment and the denial of religious accommodation represented the highest increases--at 41 percent, 19 percent, and 12 percent respectively. Workplace incidents rose from 88 cases in 2007 to 103 cases in 2008.

Affad Shaikh, the civil rights manager for CAIR-Greater Los Angeles Area reported that there is still an anti-Muslim climate in our country, and employers should be encouraged to conduct training sessions to make sure that religious practices of all Americans are reasonably accommodated--so Americans' civil rights are respected and protected in the workplace, in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Earlier this week, CAIR announced that a new public service announcement (PSA) called "I am Muslim, I am American," began airing on Tuesday morning on the CBS super screen in Times Square in New York City. The PSA features ordinary American Muslims whose everyday lives are dedicated to working for and serving this country, in an effort to present a fair portrayal of Islam and Muslim workers to the American public. This advertisement will run every hour for 18 hours every day, until January 16, 2010.

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CAIR-CA Report Show Jump in Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination Incidents, CAIR-CA Press Release, December 24, 2009

Injustice Against Muslims Both Up and Down, Sacramento Press, December 23, 2009

CAIR: NY Muslims Featured in "I am American" Times Square Ad, CAIR Press Release, December 22, 2009

Related Web Resources:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, (EEOC): Religious Discrimination

Council on American-Islamic Relations: (CAIR)