Legal Referrals

TYPES OF CASES WE HANDLE

Our civil rights team can address the following types of cases. If you believe that you or someone you know has been the victim of any of the following forms of discrimination, please report it by filling out this form or call the CAIR civil rights line at 860-341-2247.

EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit discrimination by an employer against employees on the basis of religion, race, sex or national origin, and also provides employees with reasonable religious accommodations at the workplace. Employees who have faced discrimination have faced such issues as hostility toward their religious beliefs, race, or national origin from co-workers or managers; retaliation after complaining about discrimination; and wrongful termination.

FBI VISITS &

INTERACTION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT

CAIR has received many complaints from community members who have been approached by federal law enforcement officials for voluntary questioning. Such cases are important to document to shed light on the subjective effect broad-based law enforcement investigations and profiling have on community members.

HATE CRIME

A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against the victim’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin.
Hate crimes can take many forms and have included such acts as: vandalizing a mosque or place of worship, an office of a religious organization, or a person’s property; desecrating a religious symbol or property with the intent to terrorize; and acts of violence or threats of violence against a person due to their perceived race, ethnicity, religion or any other protected characteristic.

HATE INCIDENT

A hate incident is an action that is motivated by bias but that does not rise to the level of a crime. A common example of a hate incident is the distribution of flyers with a racist or otherwise hateful message. Another example commonly cited is of a woman wearing a headscarf who is subject to slurs and insults on the street. Although in many instances, the First Amendment protects the elements of hate speech involved in these incidents, by documenting them, CAIR-CT helps shed light on how easy and common it is to openly express hateful messages about Islam and Muslims. Documenting these incidents further illuminates the vitriol with which members of the Muslim community must contend from the general public.

IMMIGRATION

CAIR-CT’s Immigrants’ Rights Center provides high-quality, low-cost or pro bono services to individuals otherwise unable to obtain legal assistance