WOMEN SUE NY TRANSIT AUTHORITY
- MUSLIM WOMEN SUE TRANSIT AUTHORITY FOR RELIGIOUS, GENDER
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)
WOMAN SUES SWISSAIR, CITY
Chicago Tribune, 9/28/03
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
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