Attorneys from Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Council on American Islamic Relations responded to a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney granting a Department of Justice request to dismiss their civil rights lawsuit against the FBI. Although the Court's ruling dismissed the lawsuit against the FBI, it permits the suit to go forward against the individual government agents under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
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." https://www.aclusocal.org/muslim-former-employee-sues-disney/
Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick along with the office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations have filed a joint complaint against the city of Lomita for denying the Islamic Center of South Bay's application to build a new mosque.
HSRR Associate, Reem Salahi, was invited to speak this Saturday on the attorney panel for the Law Fellows Program at UCLA. The Law Fellows Program is a pipeline-building initiative designed to increase diversity in law schools and within the profession. This year's cohort consists of 98 participants, primarily undergraduate students of color from across California.
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.