Zafra Lerman said Columbia violated its own policies and her rights as a tenured professor by firing her last year. Her federal suit, filed against four top administrators, said they began a retaliatory campaign against her after she criticized the firing of Suriya Smiley, a professor of Palestinian descent who was accused of making an anti-Semitic remark.
At a news conference to address multiple complaints of discrimination at Truman College, Zubair Khan, the attorney for two plaintiffs in cases against the college, described the anti-Muslim harassment faced by his clients.
“No person should have to face harassment and unfair treatment at work, not on the basis of their race of religion,” said Christina Abraham, CAIR-Chicago’s Civil Rights Director.
Sharif discussed CAIR-Chicago’s work to combat religious discrimination and promote religious tolerance, and explained how media plays a critical role in that effort. She also described how CAIR-Chicago serves as a resource to journalists and news producers by offering them support and expert analysis as they develop their news reports.
“Hate crimes are their own class of crime for a very good reason: The enhanced classification and punishment deters people from criminally acting out on their bigotry. It is the government’s obligation to its citizens to take a no-tolerance position on such crimes,” writes Ahmed Rehab.
In many Western cities, plans to erect mosques often stir more passion than any other local issue—and politicians are leaping into the fray
CAIR-Chicago filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) alleging religious discrimination for a county employee that was denied time off for the Muslim religious holiday of Eid.
A Carol Stream man fired from a manufacturing company is accusing his former employer of religious discrimination in retaliation for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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