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(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/18/2016) – On Saturday, May 21, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will hold a Free Brief Advice Legal Clinic at a Somali-American shopping mall in Minneapolis, Minn.
The CAIR-MN clinic will provide free legal advice on issues such as civil rights, housing, immigration law, family law, consumer debt, and employment. CAIR-MN will also present a “Know Your Rights” informational seminar prior to the clinic.
The Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and The Advocates for Human Rights on Friday May 13th presented its annual "Immigrant of Distinction Award" to Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN).
The award is in recognition to Hussein's outstanding contribution to social justice. Each year at its Upper Midwest Immigration Law conference, the AILA recognizes an Immigrant for his or her outstanding contribution to the society.
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
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
"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.
Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), along with leaders of that state's Muslim community, took part in a news conference responding to recent revelations of the profiling of Somali-American Muslims by the Minneapolis office of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 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.
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.
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.