CAIR-NJ Congratulates Aymen Aboushi on Appointment as Paterson Law Director  

CAIR-NJ Congratulates Aymen Aboushi on Appointment as Paterson Law Director  

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 3/15/2021) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today congratulated Aymen Aboushi, Esq. on his appointment as Paterson’s first Muslim Law Director.

Mayor Andre Sayegh announced that Aymen Aboushi would begin serving as Paterson’s Corporation Counsel for the Law Department on March 15.

Aboushi has worked in defense of Paterson residents in Civil Rights litigation relative to alleged misconduct by police officers.

Aboushi will become the first Muslim and Arab American Department Head in Paterson’s history.

 

SEE:  Seasoned Attorney Aymen Aboushi to serve as Paterson Law Director, Sayegh Announces  

https://www.tapinto.net/sections/government/articles/seasoned-attorney-aymen-aboushi-to-serve-as-paterson-law-director-sayegh-announces

SEE: Sayegh picks Aymen Aboushi to serve as Paterson’s chief attorney  

https://patersontimes.com/2021/03/12/sayegh-picks-aymen-aboushi-to-serve-as-patersons-chief-attorney/

 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“We applaud Mayor Sayegh’s appointment of Aymen Aboushi as Paterson’s first Muslim Law Director and welcome the increased representation of Muslims in the city’s highest offices.

“Aboushi is a respected civil rights attorney who has fought hard against police brutality. We hope Aboushi’s extensive expertise brings much needed progressive change to Paterson, a city with a troubling history of police misconduct.

“With its ever so diverse administration, we pray all Paterson officials, including Aboushi, will work hard to undo the systemic oppression and corruption in the city, and fervently uphold justice for the sake of its residents.”

 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119, smaksut@cair.com

 

CAIR-NJ Condemns Jewish Link’s ‘Joke’ About Shooting 100,000 Palestinians, Calls on Editor to Apologize 

CAIR-NJ Condemns Jewish Link’s ‘Joke’ About Shooting 100,000 Palestinians, Calls on Editor to Apologize

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 3/15/2021) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today condemned Jewish Link for its “Purim satire” article about Israeli soldiers shooting 100,000 Palestinians. CAIR-NJ also called for a public apology from the editor.

The Jewish Link of Teaneck, N.J., published a “Purim satire” with the headline, “100,000 Palestinians shot by Israeli soldiers” that said Palestinians were volunteering to be shot by an Israeli “Sharpshooters” unit that is dispensing the COVID-19 vaccine.

Health Ministry was “skeptical that Palestinians would volunteer to be shot by the Israeli military,” the Link “joked.” But 100,000 had been injected, and an Israeli officer said: “After all the Arabs are shot once, we look forward to shooting them a second time…”

The Jewish Link boasts a wide circulation to religious communities in the New York metropolitan area.

 

SEE: NJ Jewish paper jokes ‘100,000 Palestinians shot by Israeli soldiers’  

https://mondoweiss.net/2021/03/nj-jewish-paper-jokes-100000-palestinians-shot-by-israeli-soldiers/

SEE: Purim Satire ‘News’ Was in Bad Taste 

https://jewishlink.news/letters/42601-purim-satire-news-was-in-bad-taste

 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

Suggesting the systematic murder of 100,000 people of an oppressed minority will never make for good comedy. Israeli soldiers shooting Palestinians is not a joke. It is reality. A reality I am afraid the Jewish Link is all too comfortable with. 

“Jokes about killing would never be entertained let alone published in an article had they been aimed at any other minority demographic.” 

 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-267-3119, smaksut@cair.com

CAIR-NJ Action Alert: Call on AG to Prosecute Officers in Paterson Police Brutality Incident

CAIR-NJ Action Alert: Call on AG to Prosecute Officers in Paterson Police Brutality Incident

(2/25/21) — CAIR-New Jersey is calling on all state residents to urge New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to prosecute the Paterson Police officers who attacked Osamah Alsaidi.

While CAIR-New Jersey welcomed Attorney General Grewal’s investigation into the Paterson Police Officers’ attack, enough time has passed to charge the offending police officers.

TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION: CLICK HERE 

https://action.cair.com/a/urge-nj-ag-to-prosecute-paterson-police-brutality

CAIR-New Jersey continues to call for a full and transparent investigation into the related attacks against Rosdward Hernadez and Dysia Leak, two additional incidents of police abuse that took place weeks prior to Alsaidi’s attack, with the same officers from Alsaid’s case.

SEE: Video: CAIR-NJ Welcomes AG’s Probe of Officers Who Beat Muslim Teen  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J-NE8tIFKY&feature=emb_logo 

CAIR-NJ: Victims of Paterson Police Brutality Incidents, Attorneys, Community Leaders to Speak at Virtual News Conference 

https://fb.watch/3TDr1X9bXy/

CAIR-New Jersey Calls for Firing of Two Officers for Assaulting an Arab-American Youth   

https://nj.cair.com/video-cair-new-jersey-calls-for-firing-of-two-officers-for-assaulting-an-arab-american-youth/

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.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414, smaksut@cair.com

CAIR-NJ: Victims of Paterson Police Brutality Incidents, Attorneys, Community Leaders to Speak at Virtual News Conference  

MEDIA ADVISORY 

CAIR-NJ: Victims of Paterson Police Brutality Incidents, Attorneys, Community Leaders to Speak at Virtual News Conference

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 2/16/2021) – Later today, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today will host a virtual news conference with Osamah Alsaidi, a Muslim Arab-American teen shown on surveillance video being beaten by two Paterson, N.J., police officers.

CAIR-NJ’s news conference will also include Stephanie Luzzi, the attorney representing another person who allegedly also faced abuse by one of the officers involved in the Alsaidi incident.

 

Video: CAIR-NJ Welcomes AG’s Probe of Officers Who Beat Muslim Teen 

https://youtu.be/9J-NE8tIFKY

Video: 2 New Jersey officers accused of unprovoked assault on 19-year-old 

https://abc7ny.com/paterson-police-cair-assault/10342093/

SEE: Rosdward Hernandez

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/AssaultImage.png

The press conference will also have representatives from Islamic center of Passaic County, Black Lives Matter Paterson, and the Palestinian American Community Center.

 

WHEN: 1 PM ET   

WHERE: Virtual

LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86300948580

Webinar ID: 863 0094 8580

Passcode: RSVP to info@nj.cair.com for code

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNewJersey

 

CONTACTS:
Selaedin Maksut, CAIR-NJ Executive Director, 908-668-5900, smaksut@cair.com

Diego F. Navas Esq., Civil Trial Attorney, dfn@navaslawfirm.com, 973-482-6200

Akram Alsaidi, Esq., Criminal Defence Attorney, alsaidi@aclaws.com, (917) 853-5073

Stephanie Luzzi Esq., sl@luzzilawfirm.com, 732-226-7116,

Zellie Thomas, BLM Paterson, Organizer, Zellie.imani@gmail.com

Haydar Sungar, ICPC (Islamic Center of Passaic County) President, 201-270-6874, president@icpc.org

Abire Sabbagh, PACC Community Engagement Coordinator, ASabbagh@paccusa.org

 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“We call for the officers involved in Osamah Alsaidi’s case to be fired and prosecuted for aggravated assault and official misconduct for falsifying the report.”

“We are calling for a further investigation into Rosdward Hernandez’s case. Hernadez alleges he was also assaulted by the same officer as Alsaidi a little over two weeks before that incident.”

“Officers who behave in this way must not remain on duty. They must be stripped of their badge and charged for their crimes.”

 

Hernadez’s attorney, Stephanie Luzzi ESQ. alleges that Officer Patino initiated physical contact with Rosdward by shoving him, then escalated the verbal confrontation until he pushed Rosdward to the ground and repeatedly punched him in the face (which he admits to in the complaint).

The officer then allegedly fabricated charges of assaulting an officer to cover up for his actions.

The criminal case was remanded from Superior Court to Paterson Municipal, and we have a hearing on for February 18.

 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-668-5900, smaksut@cair.com

Video: CAIR-New Jersey Calls for Firing of Two Officers for Assaulting an Arab-American Youth

Video: CAIR-New Jersey Calls for Firing of Two Officers for Assaulting an Arab-American Youth  

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 2/12/2021) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today called for the firing of the two Officers for an apparent assault on a Muslim Arab-American youth. CAIR-NJ also called for a full investigation into the involvement of the other two Officers present at the scene.

On December 14, 2020, two Paterson Police Officers allegedly physically assaulted 19-year-old Osamah Alsaidi. Two additional officers approached the scene, clearing bystanders.

Alsaidi was diagnosed with head trauma and a concussion.

 

SEE: Head Injuries 

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/HeadInjuries.png

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/HeadInjuries2.jpg

Video: CAIR-NJ Calls for Firing of Two Officers for Assaulting an Arab-American Youth  

https://youtu.be/Y7pdyifkYIg 

 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:   

“The disturbing video shows two officers approach and beat the youth to the ground. The teen posed no visible threat to either officer and was not given an opportunity to comply with the officer’s orders — assuming any orders were even given. Instead, the teen was brutalized while two additional offices came to clear the area of witnesses. He was later diagnosed with head trauma and a concussion.    

“The officers then allegedly fabricated a story in their police report to cover up their assault. Their report was proven to be false once the video surfaced almost two months later.   

“We are calling for the immediate termination of the two Officers for their brutality and their attempt to cover up their crime. Anything less than termination would be an insult to the residents of Paterson, and an affront to justice. Furthermore, a thorough and transparent investigation into the involvement of the other two Officers is needed immediately.

“To see such a reprehensible attack happen at the hands of those who supposedly serve and protect Paterson residents is more than disheartening, it is revolting and deserving of immediate punishment.    

“The Paterson Police Department must act swiftly to rectify this horrific situation and take actionable measures to mitigate the possibility of it ever reoccurring.    

   

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.    

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.   

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414, smaksut@cair.com  

CAIR-NJ Welcomes Marriott Probe of Denial of Service to South-Asian/Latina Couple at South Brunswick Location

CAIR-NJ Welcomes Marriott Probe of Denial of Service to South-Asian/Latina Couple at South Brunswick Location 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 2/9/2021) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed Marriott International’s probe of an incident that reportedly took place at TownePlace Suites by Marriott Cranbury, South Brunswick, N.J., location in which a South Asian/Latina couple was denied service.

The South-Asian man and his Latina partner checked into the Marriott hotel on Thursday, Feb. 4. On the morning of Monday, Feb. 8 the multi-cultural couple renewed their stay at the hotel online. The man approached the hotel front desk to renew his door key. At that time, the hotel’s general manager refused to renew the door key and, in a video, said, “I’m going to choose not to do business with you right now.”

The manager refused to offer an explanation for the denial of service and then called the police.  

Video: Denial of Service to South-Asian/Latina Couple at Marriott South Brunswick, N.J., Location 

https://youtu.be/ac2aHzHznrE

 

 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“CAIR-New Jersey is awaiting the findings of Marriott’s investigation into the disturbing incident that occurred yesterday at their South Brunswick location. We expect their probe to be quick, thorough, and transparent, in determining why the general manager denied this couple the opportunity to extend their stay at the hotel. 

“It is perplexing and frustrating to watch the general manager casually deny services without giving any reason, raising concern over possible discrimination. We expect immediate answers and appropriate action as a result of the investigation. 

“Restaurants and other professional establishments have in the recent past racially profiled and denied services to minorities groups, particularly brown and black people, who do not meet their racially-motivated expectations and standards. Our office will continue to challenge these systemic racist policies and attitudes.”

 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414, smaksut@cair.com

CAIR-NJ & CAIR-NY Express Concern over BlackRock #MeToo story of Muslim Women, Call on Company to Investigate Allegations  

CAIR-NJ & CAIR-NY Express Concern over BlackRock #MeToo story of Muslim Women, Call on Company to Investigate Allegations  

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 2/2/2021) – The New Jersey and New York chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ & CAIR-NY) today expressed concern over allegations of discrimination and harassment described in Essma Bengabsia’s self-published article “#MeToo At BlackRock.” In her article, Bengabsia recounts her experience while working at BlackRock relaying stories of Islamophobia and physical harassment that stood unchecked by management. CAIR-NJ and CAIR-NY call on BlackRock to investigate the allegations.

BlackRock is an American multinational investment management corporation based in New York City.

 

SEE: #MeToo At BlackRock by Essma Bengabsia  

https://medium.com/@essma.bengabsia/metoo-at-blackrock-720b2f89f6d8

 

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“Corporate America has an Islamophobia problem. The unabashed discrimination and toxic work environment experienced by Essma and other women of color at BlackRock and other financial corporations should never go unchallenged.

“Essma’s disturbing account should serve as a red flag for management of these financial firms, motivating them to act swiftly and decisively to remedy the systemic issue painfully present in their corporations. No institution can parade itself as diverse and inclusive then chase out Muslim women and people of color.

“It’s our collective responsibility to amplify the voice of marginalized minorities and bring awareness to the racism and sexism that exists in these workplaces.”

Maksut also called on BlackRock to offer Diversity & Cultural Sensitivity and Unconscious Bias trainings to combat discrimination in the workplace.  

 

In a statement, CAIR-NY Legal Director Ahmed Mohamed said:   ‎

‎“CAIR-NY is incredibly thankful for Essma’s courage is speaking out about the disturbing and toxic ‎workplace she experienced at BlackRock. Change requires brave individuals, like Essma, to expose ‎racism and discrimination.

BlackRock claims to be a diverse and welcoming place for Muslims and people of color.  Clearly, ‎Essma’s experience shows that BlackRock is failing to meet its commitment and has allowed an ‎Islamophobic, racist, sexist, and toxic workplace to run rampant. BlackRock must investigate these ‎allegations, make those harmed whole, and hold all parties accountable.  ‎

CAIR-NY encourages victims at BlackRock to tell their stories, either publicly or through a confidential ‎mechanism like contacting our office for a confidential report.  We are determined to stand in ‎solidarity with Essam and those who have been victimized at BlackRock. Everyone deserves a ‎workplace free of harassment and discrimination.”

Mohamed noted that victims or witnesses may file an incident report at www.cair-ny.org/incident-‎report; by phone at 646-665-7599; or via email to legal@ny.cair.com.  ‎

‎ Mohamed also encouraged community members and allies to stand in solidarity with Essam and ‎others by signing this petition to end racism and discrimination at BlackRock:  ‎

https://www.change.org/p/blackrock-end-racism-discrimination-at-‎blackrock?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=custom_url&recruited_by_id=8695dbf0-63e9-‎‎11eb-ba0e-bb23220fc99d

 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414, smaksut@cair.com; CAIR-NY Legal Director Ahmed Mohamed; 646-481-2103; ahmedmohamed@cair.com

CAIR-NJ Congratulates Judge Kalimah H. Ahmad, Nominated to the New Jersey Superior Court in Hudson County 

CAIR-NJ Congratulates Judge Kalimah H. Ahmad, Nominated to the New Jersey Superior Court in Hudson County 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 12/21/2020) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today congratulated Judge Kalimah H. Ahmad on her appointment to the New Jersey Superior Court in Hudson County.

The State Senate confirmed her nomination to the New Jersey Superior Court on December 17. She will be sworn in on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Kalimah Ahmad is a lawyer specializing in civil rights, employment, entertainment, and sports law.

SEEFinal Review of Cannabis Bill, Superior Court Appointments on Tap for Trenton This Week 

https://www.law.com/njlawjournal/2020/12/12/final-review-of-cannabis-bill-superior-court-appointments-on-tap-for-trenton-this-week/

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“A trailblazer from Jersey City, Judge Ahmad’s appointment is an inspiration to us all.

“We congratulate Judge Ahmad for creating a more inclusive judicial system, serving our communities, and pursuing justice for all.   

“We will continue to inspire more American Muslims to pursue judicial, legislative, and executive offices to ensure they are represented at all levels of government, creating a more inclusive America. 

 

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.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414, smaksut@cair.com

 

CAIR-NJ, CAIR-Chicago Call on New Jersey AG to Probe Tech Firm’s Religious Discrimination, Call for Diversity and Inclusion Audit at Company  

CAIR-NJ, CAIR-Chicago Call on New Jersey AG to Probe Tech Firm’s Religious Discrimination, Call for Diversity and Inclusion Audit at Company 

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/27/20) – The New Jersey and Chicago chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ and CAIR-Chicago) today called on the New Jersey attorney general’s office to investigate alleged religious discrimination at Nityo Infotech.

They also called for a diversity, equity and inclusion audit from Nityo Infotech, a global IT and outsourcing company headquartered in New Jersey and operating all over the world.

Earlier this week, multiple CAIR Offices received complaints of alleged discriminatory recruitment behavior by Nityo Infotech, a global IT company. According to the complaint, a screenshot of a recruitment email sent from a Nityo.net email domain stated: “Please do not submit Muslim candidates for below position.”

SEE: CAIR-NJ, CAIR-San Diego Call on Nityo Infotech to Probe ‘Please Do Not Submit Muslim Candidates’ Recruiting Message, Take Disciplinary Action  

CAIR reached out to Nityo Infotech representatives who immediately claimed that the recruiter’s email account in question was hacked. An internal preliminary investigation by Nityo completed 24 hours later reaffirmed the hacking claim. Both of the company’s claims contradict an earlier email admitting error on part of the recruiter.

CAIR-Chicago and CAIR-NJ directors expressed concern about Nityo Infotech’s response and process, particularly after being made aware of discrimination lawsuits — both pending and potential — involving other companies and IT recruiters in various cities including one company with alleged ties to Nityo Infotech.

 

In a statement, CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab said:

“’I was hacked’ is a typical response to being caught red-handed after hitting send. While it might be understandable that a company’s first reaction when presented with scandal is to save face, it is neither respectable nor acceptable. Instead, discriminatory practices must be acknowledged, confronted and weeded out completely. This email evidence must be properly investigated all the way to the top of the culture, preferably by a third party, and foundational fixes must be made to the problem if the company truly takes the scourge of blatant workplace discrimination with a degree of seriousness.“

“This language brings back particularly painful memories. It was used against African-Americans, Native Americans, as well as Italians, Irish, and Catholic immigrants, against Jews in early Nazi Germany, and against Blacks in Apartheid South Africa. And today it is rearing its ugly head in India. We simply will not allow any group to have to succumb to the ‘need not apply’ blatant bigotry of yesteryear. Not in India, and certainly not in the US as a BJP import (India ruling party).”
In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“We are calling for Nityo Infotech to conduct a comprehensive third-party diversity, equity, and inclusion audit. The results of this audit should be made public. In search of more answers, we call on the New Jersey attorney general’s office to investigate Nityo Infotech’s company culture and behavior toward Muslims and other minorities. Religious discrimination against Muslims in the IT sector is a growing concern particularly from India-based companies. We continue to urge Muslim candidates who applied to the company and were rejected to contact our CAIR New Jersey office as we continue to investigate the reoccurring issues of workplace discrimination against Muslims in the IT industry.”

“From India to the United States, Islamophobia is exported by far-right wing Hindutva nationalists who have turned New Jersey into a second home for RSS and BJP fanaticism. Islamophobia has once again proven to be a global crisis. Our local and federal governments must take this global crisis seriously if we as the United States wish to mend the wounds America and its impacted communities, particularly people of color and religious minorities, sustained in the past four years.”     

 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414, smaksut@cair.com; CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab, 202-870-0166, arehab@cair.com

CAIR-NJ, CAIR-San Diego Call on Nityo Infotech to Probe ‘Please Do Not Submit Muslim Candidates’ Recruiting Message, Take Disciplinary Action  

CAIR-NJ, CAIR-San Diego Call on Nityo Infotech to Probe ‘Please Do Not Submit Muslim Candidates’ Recruiting Message, Take Disciplinary Action

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 11/24/20) – The New Jersey and San Diego chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ, CAIR-San Diego) today called on Nityo Infotech to investigate alleged discriminatory staff recruiting and to take appropriate disciplinary action based on the results of that investigation.

That call comes after reports that a recruiter at Nityo Infotech reportedly sent out an email seeking applicants for an IT company that stated: “Please do not submit Muslim candidates for below position.”   

The recruiter later sent out an email claiming it was a mistake.

Ajay Gupta, director of sales and operations at Nityo Infotech later claimed the company email server was hacked.

 

SEE: Screenshots of Anti-Muslim Message and Apology 

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/NityoEmails.png

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“At a time of increased financial instability with so many Americans out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this type of alleged religious discrimination is especially cruel and reprehensible.   

“We call on Nityo Infotech to thoroughly investigate the situation and take appropriate disciplinary action based on the results of that investigation. Further steps must be taken to provide staff diversity training and to update corporate policies to ensure that this alleged discriminatory behavior is not repeated.” 

Maksut urged any Muslim candidates who applied to Nityo Infotech and were rejected to contact their local CAIR office. 

In a statement, CAIR-San Diego Operations & Development Manager Omair Khan said:

“Considering the information provided, it is clear the recruiter meant to exclude Muslims from the job opportunity, as she then apparently attempted to correct in a follow-up email. This divisive and discriminatory practice must not be tolerated or excused, and we need to see tangible efforts from the company in their improvement toward being an equitable agency.”

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414, smaksut@cair.com

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