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CAIR: NJ Banks Remove Posters Banning Hijab

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following intervention by the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), Century Savings Bank officials say they have removed posters announcing a policy banning "hats, hoods, headgear, and sunglasses" for security purposes.

[ NOTE: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) was also involved in the resolution of this issue. ADC, led by one of its national board members, verified the existence of the posters and sent a letter to the bank last Friday. SEE: http://tinyurl.com/pb9u3xa]

The posters had an image of a woman wearing hijab (head scarf), along with images of a woman in sunglasses, a man in a hard-hat, and a man wearing a cap.

SEE: Century Savings Bank Poster http://www.cair.com/images/mailer/bank-poster-remove-hijab.jpg

Yesterday, CAIR-NJ asked the bank to review that "inappropriate and discriminatory" policy that would impact Muslim women wearing scarves, observant Sikh and Jewish men who wear turbans and yarmulkes respectively, and would logically be applied to Orthodox Jewish women who often wear wigs for religious reasons or Catholic nuns who wear habits.

"We thank Century Savings Bank for taking prompt action to avoid the appearance that they discriminate against those who wear certain attire for religious reasons," said CAIR New Jersey Civil Rights Director Khurrum Ali

Ali said CAIR-NJ will work with bank officials to craft a policy that ensures both security and religious freedom.

SEND NOTES OF APPRECIATION TO THE BANK: http://www.centurysb.com/home/contact

CAIR helped resolve a number of similar incidents nationwide in which Muslim customers wearing hijab have been harassed or denied service because of "no hats" policies being implemented in banks nationwide. 

SEE: 'No Hats, No Hoods, No Sunglasses'  http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/38239234.html  

Video: CAIR-OK Wants Tulsa Bank Hijab Policy Revised http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orBF2qqsFXI

Muslim Woman Denied Service Over Head Scarf to Get Apology  http://tinyurl.com/bn9jpt

Calif. Muslim Claims Bank Singled Her Out for Head Scarf (Video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kycXXQ8WyXU  

Md. Credit Union Regrets Muslim Woman's Treatment (Video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onoNCK-WVZg  

CAIR offers a booklet, called "An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," to help corporate managers gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.

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