Muslim Family Claims County Violated Their Rights At Pool

CHICAGO (STMW) – Two lawsuits were filed Wednesday on behalf of a Muslim family which was allegedly barred from entering a Cook County recreational pool last year because of their clothing.

According to a release from the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the family filed two complaints against the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.

A park manager first stopped the mother because of her long dress and headscarf, the release said.

When the mother agreed to leave so the rest of her family could enter, the father and young children were prevented from entering because park officials said their swimming trunks were not made of the right material, the release said.

Friends and family who did not wear the headscarf later entered the same water park fully clothed in regular attire without problems, the group claims in the release.

In October, CAIR-Chicago filed a charge of discrimination and received a favorable ruling from the Illinois Dept. of Human Rights, which conducted an investigation and found “substantial evidence” in favor of the family’s claims, the release said.

The IDHR concluded there is sufficient evidence the family was wrongly denied “full and equal employment” of the facilities and the reasons for the denial are “pretext for unlawful discrimination,” the release said.

One of the complaints was filed in the Chancery division for injunctive relief, requesting the court to force the county to take action. The other complaint has been filed in the Municipal department, requesting other relief, the release said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • BDC

    what about the IL. health laws that govern swimming pools and beaches.
    they are quite clear on proper bathing atire>

  • bdc

    there rights were violated thats BS.
    we are afraid to stand up for our health so they don’t violate their rights?

  • Roberta Waker

    Solution is simple. Close the pool. What rights would we have in their country? NONE. There are rules at pools and if you don’t have the right clothing, you can contaminate the water and cause all kinds of problems for other people whose “rights” to a healthy environment are being violated. Maybe other people should countersue for contamination and violating their rights to a clean environment.

  • Disgusted by my country

    Wow, we can’t even swim now? I have seen redneck nasty people in the pools with their underwear, cut of jeans, boxers..etc. So, exactly is the RIGHT material????

  • Nasty

    ONLY ignorant uneducated and biggoted people can condone such rude and unamerican behavior. Have we forgotten how we conquered this country and enslaved everyone we saw?? We are a nasty country with an embarrassing and violent history..that seems to keep repeating itself.

  • sean

    it shocks me that people can be so prejudiced. if you don’t like the way american judges tend to rule, leave america.

  • Salomon Rushdie

    This is not about Islam or discrimination. In this case we have an equal application of the rules based upon objective criteria. If a martian would show up imporperly attired, the martian would be banned. Rules are rules and they are applied across the board. Now, if a Christian were to show up attired in the same manne and be allowed to swim, than the Muslim family would have a case.

  • Jim

    Rules are rules plain and simple and I must say disgusted (or should I say disgusting) the city and county pools have very specific rules relating to attire.

  • Jim 2

    Also, no one would care what a muslim wears if it were not for the nut jobs that strap explosive belts on under their “proper” muslim attire and blow up innocent people. The problem here is that the nut jobs do not have nut job tattoo’d on their forehead so the innocent victims of attire should sue terrorist groups not the goverment overseeing a swimming pool that they have the freedom to visit-SO LONG AS THEY OBEY THE RULES

  • Abdulrahman

    Yes, rules are rules BUT that is not the issue here…..if rules apply only to a group of people then this is discrimination.
    They didn’t object on the rules, they objected on enforcing the rules only on certain people.

    That is clearly mentioned in the article but some people can’t read the article before commenting

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