La-Fleur Mohamed, a Muslim (convert) for the past 12 years, says a Chevron employee humiliated her by barring her from a gas station because she wouldn’t remove her head scarf.
“You can’t come in here dressed like that,” Mohamed said the clerk told her inside a station store west of Boca Raton in October. The clerk allegedly tossed Mohamed’s gas money back at her and instructed her to leave.
Mohamed, 39, a Boca Raton married mother of four, has since (then) been receiving assistance from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights and advocacy group with chapters nationwide.
At a press conference in Pembroke Pines on Wednesday, she and the group demanded that Chevron officials admit that religious discrimination occurred. And they want Chevron to start additional training companywide so that such violations don’t happen again.
There’s the shakedown. That usually involves the (CAIR) pro-sharia, jihad-defending, unindicted co-conspirator to a Hamas financing conviction case provide Islamic dawah to all employees.
The group showed two letters from Chevron. The latest, dated Jan. 17, states the company reviewed the matter, didn’t see evidence of discrimination, but took “corrective action to address this issue.”
“The parties involved for my public humiliation need to take responsibility and accept that they did violate my rights and apologize,” Mohamed said.
Chevron spokesman Brent Tippen said Wednesday that Mohamed was asked by the employee to remove her veil, and when she declined, she was denied service.
But he said it was done for security just before Halloween, when retailers are prone to heists from people wearing masks and other facial coverings.
“We fully believe that our employee acted without the intent to violate Ms. Mohamed’s religious principles and any suggestion that discrimination is acceptable at Chevron is completely false,” he said.
Chevron, which employs 60,000 from around the world, has a policy that requires everyone be treated with respect and dignity, he said.
According to Tippen, the company regrets the misunderstanding. It has apologized twice to Mohamed, encouraged employees to “be more aware of potential diversity issues” and “continues to take Ms. Mohamed’s allegations seriously,” he said.
Mohamed said she has lived in the United States for the past 25 years. She said she lived in New York and New Jersey before she and her family moved to South Florida for the warmer weather about eight years ago.
Mohamed said that over the years, she has drawn stares from the public for her traditional religious garb. She said she uses such moments to educate people about being a Muslim.
Her veil drew extra attention in July, when she was taken into custody on a domestic battery charge in Alachua County, accused of wrestling her daughter over a cellphone, according to an article posted online by the Gainesville Sun newspaper. It was her first and only arrest, and the charge was later dismissed, records show.
Her initial jail mugshot shows her wearing the veil. But she later was photographed again without the veil to show her face in accordance with jail policies, the newspaper reported.
Domestic violence aside, burka-clad criminals have robbed banks in Delaware, killed cops in Philly, and committed a host of crimes in recent years.
It’s not only a safety issue, it’s a decency issue. Just like not getting served if you don’t have a shirt or shoes, if you don’t show your face you aren’t going to get served. There’s nothing religious about it.
Unless you are CAIR and your goal is to submit everyone to Islam (which means "submit").