Muslim woman sues Domino's Pizza over discrimination and Bomb Threat slander

2015-04-25 06:58:15 | Al Muslim News
Muslim woman sues Domino's Pizza over discrimination and Bomb Threat slander


The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Florida has announced they will pursue a lawsuit for public accommodation discrimination and other legal claims against a Davenport Domino’s Pizza for the horrendous treatment of a Muslim woman on July 27, 2012.
Hakima Benaddi, a Muslim woman is suing the former owner Michael J's Pizzaria, Inc., which owned the Domino's Pizza where the incident occurred. Store manager made a fake call to police after their confrontation regarding Benaddi’s pizza order. She was arrested that night on charges of making a bomb threat against the store. The false charges were later dropped.
According to the lawsuit, which is seeking damages, Benaddi's civil rights were violated and she was wrongly arrested because of false statements made by the store's manager, Whitney Green. Green was the only worker who told investigators she heard a bomb threat.
US resident, Benaddi, who was living in Davenport at the time, is originally from Morocco, who was wearing a Muslim head covering first time, was accused by Domino’s Pizza management of threatening to blow up the location after she complained about the service and pizza she received. On July 27, 2012, at that time Benaddi was pregnant, she went to Domino’s to order a veggie pizza as routine with her 23-month-old daughter. When Benaddi opened her pizza box at home she discovered that it was grossly inadequate and returned to complain and seek a refund or new one. Instead, the cashier laughed at her and mocked her limited English proficiency.
“I was surprised because what I got was nothing like my order,†Benaddi explained. “That pizza was barely suitable to feed to a dog.â€
Prior to the incident, Benaddi was a regular customer at the location. There was one small difference; however, on the day of the incident Benaddi had recently started covering her hair by wearing the hijab, the Muslim head scarf.
Then, in what could only be described as a brazen discriminatory act, the Domino’s Pizza management called local police claiming that Benaddi had threatened to blow up the location resulting in Benaddi’s arrest.
Benaddi was in custody for over 24 hours before she was released. She was also forced to remove her headscarf before her booking image was taken.
CAIR Florida’s investigator revealed that eyewitness accounts were consistent with that of Benaddi’s and admitting that Benaddi never made any threats other than to file a complaint. The story the Domino’s Pizza’s manager provided to the police was completely, intentionally and maliciously fabricated.
“Without them acknowledging what they did wrong, this is our only opportunity for her voice to be heard,†said Thania Diaz Clevenger, Civil Rights Director of CAIR Florida"We need to tell people that this is not OK," Clevenger said, "to let Domino's Pizza know this is not OK, and to let other Muslim women who are targeted to know that they can stand up for themselves."


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