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American Muslims in the Workplace

by Ryan Houldin CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney All American Muslims in the workforce should be aware that they have the right to request a religious accommodation at their work place. However, that right is far from absolute. Employers are required to engage in a good faith effort to accommodate your request, but that does not mean… Read more…

Recent Legal Victories

Bensalem Masjid Case As many of you already know, CAIR-Philadelphia has filed a lawsuit against Bensalem Township for prohibiting the construction of a masjid. On July 21, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) also filed suit against Bensalem Township, echoing our claims of discrimination and injustice. Only under extraordinary circumstances does the DOJ file lawsuits… Read more…

The FBI, Apple, and American Muslims

By Ryan Houldin CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney For a large segment of the American population, the possibility of a terror attack on US soil by so-called “Muslim extremists,” is reason enough to suspend the constitutional rights of all Muslims living in this country. The most glaring example was the passage of the Patriot Act just a… Read more…

Civil Rights Updates

Following are descriptions of some of our current legal cases: CAIR-Philadelphia successfully represented a woman who wanted to wear an ankle-length skirt as part of her uniform as an employee of the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA). Initially, the PPA refused to accommodate her request. CAIR-Philadelphia intervened and sent a demand letter to the PPA, informing… Read more…

Remembering the Voting Rights Act of 1965

By Ryan Houldin, Esq. CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney As we mark the 50th Anniversary of the signing into law the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965, it is important to keep in mind that the struggle of African American to exercise their constitutional right to vote was, and is, not just an African American issue, but… Read more…

“Know Your Rights” Workshop in Pottsville

On Saturday, July 11, 2015, Ryan Houldin, CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney, presented a “Know Your Rights” (KYR) workshop at the Islamic Society of Schuylkill County; over 50 persons attended the workshop. Ryan addressed several common forms of discrimination that Muslims are likely to experience in this culture of Islamophobia, covering workplace discrimination, interactions with law enforcement,… Read more…

Changes in Our Legal Department

There has been a significant change in CAIR-Philadelphia’s Legal Department. Ryan Tack-Hooper, CAIR-Philadelphia’s Staff Attorney since January 2014, has taken a position at the American Civil Liberties Union office in Wilmington, Delaware. CAIR-Philadelphia thanks Ryan for his great contributions to CAIR, and wishes him all the best in his new position. Our new Staff Attorney… Read more…

Legal Updates

This month, Ryan Tack-Hooper, our staff attorney, is initiating a suit against a landlord who discriminated against a Muslim family. The landlord illegally refused to renew a lease to the Muslim family in an attempt to resolve a conflict created by the biased attitudes of an anti-Muslim tenant. The ethical and legal response, of course,… Read more…

Legal Updates

In addition to his regular duties this summer, Staff Attorney Ryan Tack-Hooper taught a course on legal writing and reasoning to international students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The class focused on getting students to write and speak clearly and plainly. As George Orwell (author of the classic anti-totalitarian novels “Animal Farm” and… Read more…

Legal Department News

CAIR-Philadelphia is working with CAIR-Chicago and CAIR-Michigan to help a Syrian family with young children who are seeking asylum in the United States. Like many who have fled that conflict, the family fears that if they are forced to return, they will face persecution and torture. While the United States has historically welcomed refugees, in… Read more…