Muslim woman claims religious discrimination at gas station

5:08 PM, Feb 1, 2012   |    comments
La-Fleur Mohamed says she was discriminated against because of her religious attire. (WTVJ)
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BOCA RATON, Fla. (NBC) -- A South Florida Muslim woman claims she was discriminated against at a Boca Raton gas station because of her religious attire.

La-Fleur Mohamed claims she was trying to fill up her car at the Chevron station at 19345 State Road 7 when she was denied service by a cashier.

"I said 'Hi, can I please have $20 on pump number one?' and she took my money," Mohamed said, during a news conference Wednesday at the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Mohamed, who was wearing a niqab, or face veil, claims the female cashier refused to give her gas.

"She said, 'you can't come in here dressed like that,' I was very shocked," Mohamed said. "I said' this is my religious right' and she said 'well, I need to see your face.'"

Mohamed said she asked the cashier again for gas and the woman "just threw my money back at me." She left the store after she said she was "humiliated."

NBC Miami contacted the Chevron station for comment Wednesday and were referred to their public relations department. Chevron's corporate offices didn't immediately comment.

CAIR officials say they've submitted a complaint to the Florida Commission on Human Rights, calling it religious discrimination.

"This type of religious discrimination is prohibited by state and federal law," said CAIR-SFL Executive Director Nezar Hamze.

Mohamed, who came to the United States from the Caribbean in the 80s, said she converted to Islam 12 years ago.

"I'm a very polite person, I always say hi to everyone I see," she said.

(WTVJ Miami)

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