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Muslim woman sues security company, alleging discrimination



ST. LOUIS (AP) – A converted Muslim’s federal lawsuit accuses a private security company of discrimination by rejecting her for employment because of her faith and her traditional religious headscarf.

The lawsuit filed in St. Louis on Zahraa Imani Ali’s behalf against Securitas Security Services seeks class-action status. Ali alleges that during an October 2015 telephone interview with a Securitas recruiter, Ali asked if there’d be any issue with her wearing a hijab headscarf on the job.
Ali says she was told about two weeks later she was rejected for the job.

The lawsuit claims a regional Securitas employee told the recruiter by email that “I would personally sidestep this one.”

A message seeking comment Tuesday from Securitas was not immediately returned. The lawsuit doesn’t specify the amount of damages it seeks.


 Mujer musulmana demanda a compañía de seguridad, alegando discriminación en St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – Una demanda federal de una musulmana convertida, acusa a una empresa de seguridad privada de discriminación al rechazarla para un empleo a causa de su fe y de su pañuelo religioso tradicional.

La demanda presentada en St. Louis en nombre de Zahraa Imani Ali contra Securitas Security Services busca estatus de demanda colectiva. Ali alega que durante una entrevista telefónica de octubre de 2015, con un reclutador  de Securitas, ella le preguntó si no habría ningún problema con el uso del velo hijab en el trabajo. Ali dice que le dijeron unas dos semanas después fue rechazada para el trabajo.

La demanda sostiene que un empleado de Securitas regional dijo al reclutador por correo electrónico “Personalmente, me gustaría dejar a esta candidata de lado”

Securitas no ha respondido a los mensajes pidiendo declaraciones. La demanda no especifica el monto de los daños que se pretenda.



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