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CAIR-KANSAS UPDATE: Chipotle Announces Firing of Employee Who Allegedly Harassed, Assaulted Muslim Employee

(KANSAS CITY, 8/28/2021) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas) today said that Chipotle has fired an assistant manager at its Lenexa, Kan., location who reportedly subjected a female Muslim employee to harassment and assault by repeatedly demanding to “see her hair” and allegedly forcibly pulling her hijab (religious head-cover).  

In a statement emailed to CAIR, Chipotle Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Laurie Schalow wrote:

“We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind and last week we terminated the employee in question following a thorough investigation. Chipotle’s engaged and hard-working employees are what makes us great, and we encourage our employees to contact us immediately, including through an anonymous 800 number, with any concerns so we can investigate and respond quickly to make things right.”

“We welcome the announcement of terminating the offending assistant manager by Chipotle, however we expect more cultural sensitivity training and tighter oversight of performance and implementation of policies to ensure that no other employee is subjected to this level of harassment and abuse,” said Moussa Elbayoumy, CAIR-Kansas Board Chair.

On Friday, CAIR-Kansas announced the filing of an U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of the Muslim Female employee.

SEE: CAIR-Kansas Announces EEOC Complaint Over Harassment, Assault on Muslim Chipotle Employee 

Earlier this month, CAIR-Kansas called for the assistant manager to be fired. 

SEE: CAIR-Kansas Calls on Chipotle to Fire Manager Who Harassed, Assaulted Female Muslim Employee  

Video: CAIR-Kansas Calls on Chipotle to Fire Manager Who Harassed, Assaulted Female Muslim Employee 


Since July 2021, the Muslim employee allegedly experienced repeated harassment by an Assistant Manager asking to “see her hair” to which she responded that she wears the hijab for religious reasons and would not remove it. The assistant manager would allegedly repeat that same request while the employee continued working.   

On Aug. 9, the employee was reportedly again approached by the assistant manager asking again to see her hair, to which she responded “no” and returned to her work. The assistant manager then allegedly proceeded to forcibly pull the employee’s hijab off. Both the employee’s cousin, who works the same shift and faced the same harassment from the assistant manager, and the shift supervisor witnessed the incident.  

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. 

The Washington-based civil rights organization offers a booklet, called “An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” to help employers gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims in the workplace. 

CAIR: An Employer’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.          

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.         

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CONTACT: CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, 785-318-6323, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.