(5/17/19) — This afternoon, CAIR’s Civil Rights Department received a call from a Muslim woman who was being denied a driver’s license photo by the Washington, D.C., Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) unless she agreed to push back her hijab to show her ears. The DMV employee told the woman that other Muslim women have complied with their instructions and she should as well.
But knowing her First Amendment rights, and CAIR’s defense of those rights, she contacted one of our attorneys who then took immediate action. Our Civil Rights Department called the D.C. DMV’s Office of General Counsel. The DMV’s deputy general counsel immediately called the local facility and instructed them to take the Muslim driver’s photograph.
This case was resolved in just 15 minutes, but most civil rights cases take much more time and effort to resolve.
CAIR has hired qualified attorneys, and because of our reputation, we were able to resolve this complaint. If the Muslim driver had to call a private attorney, it would cost her hundreds or even thousands of dollars in legal fees. All CAIR legal services are free of charge.
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