Yesterday, in an online news conference, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. announced the filing of a lawsuit in Delaware federal court on behalf of three Muslim women. These women were forbidden by the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families (DSCYF) from wearing hijabs, a head covering that is custom to the Islamic religion. Attorney Patrick Gallagher of Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. expressed that the state’s treatment of Muslim women violates multiple applicable laws, and that the firm is proud to stand with CAIR on behalf of these women.
Since the 2016 Presidential election, CAIR reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry against members of minority groups. CAIR’s current mission is to protect the civil rights of American Muslims and enhance understanding of the Islamic religion. The lawsuit seeks an injunction that prohibits the DSCYF from discriminating against employees on the basis of religion and to accommodate religious head coverings in the workplace, as well as payment for economic and punitive damages. For more information on the lawsuit, please click here.