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    MUSLIM WOMEN SUE TRANSIT AUTHORITY FOR RELIGIOUS, GENDER DISCRIMINATION Brooklyn, New York - A federal lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of New York by
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 2 6:50 PM
      MUSLIM WOMEN SUE TRANSIT AUTHORITY FOR RELIGIOUS, GENDER
      DISCRIMINATION

      Brooklyn, New York - A federal lawsuit was filed in the Eastern
      District of New York by Scott, Mason-Kinsey, and Hart LLP on behalf
      of two Muslim employees of the New York City Transit Authority.
      Deirdre Small and Malikah Alkebulan, who are presently employed as
      bus operators for the Transit Authority, allege that their employer
      has violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States
      Constitution as well as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by
      engaging in a continuous pattern of religious and gender
      discrimination dating back to March of 2002. Mrs. Small and Mrs.
      Alkebulan have been suspended from their duties because they refuse
      to remove or cover their traditional Muslim headdress ("khimar") with
      baseball caps while driving passengers.

      Regarding the lawsuit, attorney Armani B. Scott stated" the MTA has
      refused to acknowledge our clients Muslim beliefs. This blatant
      discrimination is a dangerous and illegal overreaction which feeds
      into the worst fears of Americans in our post- 9/11 society."
      Attorney Lonnie Hart, Jr. added, "The MTA's position that our clients
      wear baseball hats to cover their khimars is not only an affront to
      Islam but has no legal or moral basis. The MTA has failed to cite
      any legitimate reason for their discriminatory practices."

      The federal suit alleges that Mrs. Small and Mrs. Alkebulan have been
      singled out for discrimination because of their religion and gender.
      Similarly situated male Muslim bus drivers are currently operating
      Transit Authority buses while wearing traditional Muslim headdress
      ("kufi") without reprisal.

      For more information contact: Lonnie Hart, Jr. or Armani B. Scott
      Scott, Mason-Kinsey & Hart LLP
      55 Washington Street Suite 655
      Brooklyn, New York, 11201
      (718) 852-7000 (p)
      (718) 852-3302 (f)
      www.scottmklaw.com

      ALSO SEE:

      WOMAN SUES SWISSAIR, CITY
      Chicago Tribune, 9/28/03
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-
      0309280229sep28,1,3116888.story

      TINLEY PARK -- An Arab-American woman from Tinley Park filed a
      federal suit Friday against the city of Chicago and Swiss
      International Airlines alleging racial profiling, use of excessive
      force and false imprisonment during her arrest at O'Hare
      International Airport after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001.

      Anna Mustafa, a former Chicago Board of Education member, was
      arrested in December 2001 after allegedly claiming to have a bomb in
      her purse. A Cook County judge found her not guilty of disorderly
      conduct in November 2002, noting that she had been "loud, rude and
      confrontational" at a Swissair ticket counter but had not committed a
      crime...

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