Episode 5

Fighting For Your Best Interest

Combating Islamophobia in the Workplace: A Discussion with Atty. Ahmed Mohamed

Within the last decade, there has been mounting evidence of discrimination & harassment against Muslims in many different aspects of the workplace. While employers equip themselves with tools and policies to combat the rise of religious discrimination, there is still an overwhelming number of Muslims claiming they’ve been mistreated on their jobs. At this point, education is critical to reducing Islamophobia.

Ahmed Mohamed, Esq., Legal Director for CAIR-NY, was a former trial attorney for the CAIR National Office in Washington D.C., where he focused on combating religious discrimination and profiling. He also travels the country educating American Muslims about their rights and represented dozens of individuals profiled by law enforcement.

In this episode, Atty. Ahmed talks about the issues experienced by Muslims in the workplace, the gruesome and shocking stories that they endured during their employment and, the things that you can do to protect yourself.

Listen to this episode and discover:

  • 01:40 - What is CAIR and its mission for the Muslim community?

  • 02:30 - The types of cases and scenarios CAIR New York has been working on?

  • 04:06 - Three common types of issues Muslim people frequently experience within the workplace

  • 04:08 - What are the types of religious accommodations, how to request, and what to expect?

  • 07:51 - The worst cases of discrimination and harassment of Muslims in the workplace

  • 09:48 - What to do when you’re going through harassment and discrimination

  • 11:20 - How CAIR New York takes action when you report an incident

  • 12:46 - Can an employer legally deny an accommodation?

  • 17:22 - Trump administration’s influence on the surge of discrimination and harassment of Muslims in the workplace

  • 18:20 - What harassment and hostility looks like in the workplace

  • 25:48 - Advice to employees on what to do during the holy month of Ramadan

  • 26:29 - How CAIR helps employers prepare for Ramadan

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