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Know Your Rights


Know Your Rights American Muslim
Civic POCKET GUIDE

 

"Your Rights and Responsibilities as an American Muslim"

 

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AS AN EMPLOYEE

Federal law makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee on the basis of religion, race, or national origin.

Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act guarantees your right to:

  1. Reasonable religious accommodation. The failure of an employer to reasonably accommodate your religious practices may constitute employment discrimination. 'Religious practices' include wearing a beard, prayer breaks, hijab and going to Jummah (Friday) prayers.
  2. Fairness in hiring, firing, and promotions. Your employer is prohibited from considering religion when making decisions affecting your employment status.
  3. A non-hostile work environment.Your employer must ensure that you are not subjected to anti-Muslim insults, harassment or unwelcome and excessive proselytizing.
  4. Complain about discrimination without fear of retaliation. Federal law guarantees your right to report an act of alleged employment discrimination. It is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for your complaint.

WHEN FACED WITH DISCRIMINATION ON THE JOB

  1. Remain calm and polite.
  2. Inform the offending party that you believe his/her actions are discriminatory.
  3. Report the discriminatory action in writing to company management.
  4. Begin documenting the discrimination by saving memos, keeping a detailed journal, noting the presence of witnesses and making written complaints. Make sure to keep copies of all materials. It is important to keep a "paper trail" of evidence.
  5. Call the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at 800-669-4000 or local county or state civil rights agencies to educate yourself about legal options.
  6. Contact a local attorney who is licensed to practice in your state to discuss your case.
  7. DO NOT sign any documents or resign without an attorney's advice.
  8. Ask to be transferred to another department or job site.
  9. Ask for mediation.
  10. Contact CAIR to file a report.
  11. Consider looking for a new job.

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IF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CONTACTS YOU…

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  1. If you believe that you have been the victim of a hate crime, you should:
  2. Report the crime to your local police station immediately. Ask that the incident be treated as a hate crime. Follow up with investigators.
  3. Report the crime to CAIR-MN. You can do this by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (612) 206-3360. Inform CAIR-MN even if you believe it is a 'small' incident.
  4. Document the incident. Write down exactly what was said and/or done by the offender (including dates, times and places). Save all of the evidence and try to take photographs.
  5. Act quickly. Each incident must be dealt with right away, not when it is convenient.
  6. Decide on the appropriate action to be taken. Consider issuing a statement from community leaders, holding a news conference, organizing a peaceful protest, meeting with local officials or starting a letter writing campaign.
  7. Mobilize community support. Make sure that the local mosque or prominent American Muslim organizations are aware of your situation.
  8. Stay on top of the situation. Make sure you follow up with police, local media and community leaders to make sure that your case is receiving the attention that it deserves.
  9. Announce results. When the incident is resolved, make an announcement to the same people and organizations originally contacted.