FARMINGTON HILLS, MI — The Council on American-Islamic Relations of Michigan (CAIR-MI) filed an Equal Employment Commission complaint against X-Ray Industries, Inc. Monday on behalf of a Muslim employee from Michigan who allegedly faced harassment and unfair discipline from his supervisors due to his faith.
The man, Mubarak Salam, works at the company in Troy where it is alleged that he was subjected to offensive anti-Muslim harassment from co-workers and supervisors on several occasions. He says he was unfairly disciplined after asking for a religious accommodation, and later was passed over for opportunities to advance within the company in favor of a less-qualified non-Muslim co-worker.
After attempting to assist Salam in finding reasonable religious accommodations and helping him to report the harassment he received, CAIR-MI decided to file the complaint. The company decided to discipline him rather than providing him with an accommodation or opening an investigation into his treatment.
“No person should have to be the subject of humiliating jokes and discriminatory treatment when they are doing nothing more than trying to earn a living to support their family,” said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney, Amy Doukoure. “The discrimination Mr. Salam has faced is simply unacceptable.”
The organization has seen a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents and a 15 percent increase in hate crimes against American Muslims since Trump took office, a press release from CAIR-MI said.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
Recently, the organization has been busy on the local level involving incidents like the case of a Ypsilanti man whose garage was sprayed with hateful graffiti, as well as on the national level, where America’s first two Muslim congresswomen have been the subject of intense scrutiny, opposition, and hate for their strong stances on issues like America’s relationship with Israel, the occupation of Palestine and other controversial political issues.