Religious Discrimination Archives

HSRR Files Appeal on Behalf of 'Irvine 11'

Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP filed an appeal on January 22, 2013 challenging the convictions of the ten Irvine and Riverside students found guilty in 2011 of disturbing a public meeting. Section 403 of California's penal code makes it illegal to "willfully disturb or break up any assembly or meeting that is not unlawful in its character." The opening brief argues that the students' convictions are an unconstitutional violation of their right to free speech.

Hadsell Stormer Files Lawsuit for Religious Harassment and Discrimination Against Disney

Today, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, along with the ACLU of Southern California, filed a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company on behalf of a Muslim woman who was the target of anti-Arab harassment and failure to accommodate her religious belief. Imane Boudlal, a 28 year old woman of Moroccan descent, was called a "terrorist," "camel," and "Kunta Kinte" by co-workers and supervisors after they learned she was a Muslim. Disney failed to take any action, even after being told of the harassment. Later, Ms. Boudlal asked her managers if she could wear the hijab to work. She worked as a hostess at a hotel restaurant where her only "uniform" was a vest and khaki pants. She was told that she would either have to work in another location, outside the sight of guests, or wear a hat that looked like a derby over a scarf. When she asked to wear a simple scarf that matched her uniform, she was refused. "This is modern day Jim Crow," said Anne Richardson, one of her attorneys. "Muslim employees who want to express their religion by wearing a headscarf are asked to hide it, or work out of sight."  http://www.aclu-sc.org/muslim-former-employee-sues-disney/#more-13332

HSRR attorneys receive ACLU's Religious Liberty Award

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California has a tradition of recognizing attorneys who have done extraordinary work in protecting civil liberties and civil rights. This year at the annual Law Luncheon, June 8, 2012, Dan Stormer, along with attorneys Reem Salahi and Josh Piovia-Scott will be presented with the 2012 Religious Liberty Award in recognition of their outstanding work as co-counsel on Fazaga v. FBI, a class action challenge on behalf of Yassir Fazaga, Ali Malik, Yassir Abdel Rahim, and a class of Orange County Muslims, to the FBI's practice of targeting Muslims for surveillance because of their religion.

Alabama jury awards Iranian-American $7.5 million in slander case

On November 1, 2011, an Alabama jury awarded Iranian-born Shawn Esfahani $7.5 million in damages for his slander claim. Esfahani, owner of Eastern Shore Toyota, had sought $28 million in compensatory and punitive damages from Bob Tyler Toyota for falsely portraying him as an Islamist militant. Employees at Bob Tyler Toyota attempted to dissuade potential customers from purchasing cars from Esfahani by calling Esfahani a "terrorist", labeling his dealership as "Taliban Toyota" and alleging that Esfahani funneled money to terrorists in Iraq to kill U.S. soldiers. Esfahani called these slanderous tactics "un-American."

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