In a lawsuit filed recently the U. S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is being accused of discriminatory practices based on religion in refusing to hire a Muslim Lawyer. Some of the alleged incidents took place in 2009 and 2010.
According to the Washington Post about the lawsuit, “It quotes staff as encouraging Safiya Ghori-Ahmad, during her short period working at the commission, to call in sick on the days that particular commissioners were in the office, to ‘downplay her religious affiliation’ and to emphasize that she is a ‘mainstream and moderate Muslim’ who doesn’t cover her hair.
“The lawsuit, which follows an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint that Ghori-Ahmad filed in 2010, lays blame on several longtime commissioners, including Nina Shea, an attorney and writer who focuses on religious freedom crises abroad, particularly the plight of Christian minorities. The suit quotes Shea as writing that ‘hiring a Muslim like Ms. Ghori-Ahmad to analyze religious freedom in Pakistan would be like ‘hiring an IRA activist to research the UK twenty years ago.’”
It is expected that this lawsuit will play out in the weeks and months to come.