Lacey Enevoldsen converted to Islam this past June 2017.
And, now, a little over 18 months later, she is suing her former employer for religious discrimination.
When Enevoldsen decided to wear the hijab, she contacted the restaurant where she worked about her new direction. And when she did not hear back from her employer, she started wearing it to work. As she said at the press conference, she already knew it was her constitutional right to wear a hijab to her job at Farmhaus Burgers.
Although she contacted the restaurant about her intentions, she wasn’t asking permission.
Rather, she was announcing her decision to wear a hijab to work. She was very methodical in trying to establish a paper trail.
In fact, during her press conference, she said:
“If you think you have encountered discrimination like I did, under no circumstance should you not record a conversation,” explained Enevoldsen. “Should you not write down dates when things happen. Make sure you record every little detail, because that does nothing but strengthen your case.”
In due time, once it became clear Farmhaus would not fire her, and she had her hours cut back, she quit.
Presently, Enevoldsen is now working at another place where she is wearing her hijab in comfort.
Ordinarily, that should have been the end of it, but she has now hired CAIR to sue Sean Wight for religious discrimination,
“ . . . so God willingly, [this] does not happen to anyone after her,” CAIR-GA executive director, Edward Ahmed Mitchell said.”
“Mitchell said he hopes to educate Wight about Muslim-Americans and give him a chance to make amends with Enevoldsen.
“We are willing to do that,” Mitchell said. “We have reached out to him in the past to do that, and we hope that he will take our extended hand and we’ll be able to resolve this peacefully, quietly and privately to the extent that we can.”
Farmhaus Burgers owner Sean Wight replied:
“It would be inappropriate for us to discuss the details of a personnel issue, and it is disappointing that this former employee is choosing to spread lies and distort the facts,” he says in the statement. “We respect everyone’s right to practice their religion, and we support our employees in their choices. We have never told any employee that religious attire could not be worn to work. We strive to make fair decisions about all aspects of the operation of our restaurants, and we’ve done so every day we’ve been in business. Employees may not like every decision made. That’s just the reality of all workplaces.
“Throughout my entire professional life, at every restaurant I’ve worked at or owned, I’ve encouraged and promoted diversity,” Wight states. “People of all sexual orientation, races and of multiple religious affiliations have worked harmoniously together. That’s a fact, not an opinion or interpretation of events.”
If CAIR really were a civil rights organization, then all of this could be handled amicably without going to the media.
But CAIR is not about reconciliation or tolerance. They are about payouts and punishments.
Like clockwork, at a rate of more than once a month, CAIR attacks someone through television news broadcasts.
These are CAIR’s victims in 2018:
- Jeanie Ames
- Robert Gerhart
- Ret. Army Lt. Col. David Bores
- Diane Kozlowski
- Georgia State Rep. Jason Spencer
- Municipal Court Judge Sharon Dickson
- ACT for America
- Ypsilanti county deputy sheriff
- Dixon Mayor Thom Bogue
- Greenfield Middle School Principal Gregory Calvert
- County Councilman John Grasso
- “Scream Town” proprietor Matt Dunn
- Westowne Elementary School
- Patriot Prayer
- and finally, the Minnesota McDonald’s manager
CAIR also defamed Anabelle Lima-Taub.
And now it is Sean Wight’s turn.
CAIR is best understood as the sharia police, not as a civil rights group.
Augusta woman files discrimination complaint over Muslim head covering
“CAIR is our nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization. Our mission is to enhance the public understanding of Islam, to counter Islamophobia, to protect civil rights and to build bridges of understanding with our neighbors,” Mitchell said at a news conference Monday. “We are here today to discuss an important subject and that is the subject of employment harassment, employment discrimination, bigotry in the workplace.”
According to a letter to Frog Hollow Hospitality Group, Enevoldsen had a meeting with Wight on July 5 in which she claims he asked her about the hijab and told her he was “not a fan of Muslims” and equated wearing a hijab to supporting the Taliban.
Mitchell said evidence supports her claims, including a recording with a manager in which he apologized for Wight’s remarks and emails between them.
Enevoldsen said that after talking to Wight’s wife and co-owner, Krista, she sent her photographs wearing different styles of hijabs to see what would be appropriate. According to the letter, Wight agreed in an email to let her wear the hijab.
According to the EEOC complaint, her hours began to decrease to the point that it began to affect her livelihood. She resigned the month after the meeting.
“As much as I loved the establishment and loved the guests, I did end up leaving,” Enevoldsen said. “After leaving, it was a relief. That was finally off my shoulders and I did get very lucky to come in contact with CAIR.”
Mitchell said he hopes to educate Wight about Muslim-Americans and give him a chance to make amends with Enevoldsen.
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