Religious bias complaint filed over store hiring

A teenage Muslim girl filed a complaint against a store at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Woodland Hills Mall, for refusing to hire her because she wears a headscarf. The girl says that a district manager for Abercrombie & Fitch told her that the religious garment doesn’t fit the retail chain’s image. CAIR helped the girl file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and asked the store to apologize to the girl. “Employers have a clear legal duty to accommodate the religious practices of their workers,” said Razi Hashmi, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma. “To deny someone employment because of apparent religious bias goes against long-standing American traditions of tolerance and inclusion.”

Muslims sue for citizenship, allege gender, religious bias

Ten Muslim men allege that they have been denied U.S. citizenship for up to two years, in violation of their civil rights, despite passing every test and interview, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. The men are permanent legal residents who say they should have been sworn in as citizens within 120 days of meeting all the requirements. Instead, they said they have been kept waiting for a year or more. Meanwhile, “hundreds of thousands of other people seeking to be naturalized” have had their swearing-in ceremonies, the lawsuit said.