Muslim Cabby In NY Says Woman Can’t Sit Up Front Because His ‘Islamic Beliefs’ Forbid It

Muslim Cabby In NY Says Woman Can’t Sit Up Front Because His ‘Islamic Beliefs’ Forbid It

This is not a Muslim nation and your Islamic religion does not mean you can discriminate against women here. Women are not going to move “to the back of the cab” based on anyone’s faith. Many Muslim nations treat women horribly. But that’s not going to fly here, especially in NYC. Read on to see what this woman and her family did when a Muslim cabby tried to deny service based on discrimination.

A Muslim New York taxi driver was fined by a court after he refused to let a woman sit next to him in the front of his cab citing ‘religious reasons’.

Tamsir Drammeh told a family of four that they would all have to sit in the back of his taxi because his Islamic beliefs forbid a woman being allowed to occupy the front passenger seat alongside him.

But a city judge didn’t buy Tamsir Drammeh’s ‘Islam’ argument and slapped the driver with a $350 fine for discrimination.

‘There’s no such rule in Islam,’ said the manager at his garage to the New York Post. ‘There’s no such thing.’

The incident happened while Drammeh, 64, was at a taxi stand on Eighth Avenue near Penn Station.

The family of four walked up to his cab and he opened the trunk to allow the customers to put their bags in.

After the husband and children ages six and 11 got into the back seat, their mother went to open the front door, but Drammeh refused to unlock it.

When asked if there was a problem, the stubborn driver simply said her husband could sit up front, but not his wife, and that she would not be welcome.

The family were having none of it and promptly got out, snapping the number of his taxi on their phone and hailed a different cab.

After filing a complaint of sex discrimination, Drammeh ending up losing the case twice – once in a regular city hearing and then for a second time on appeal.

The hearing’s judge, Laura Fieber, told the cabby he needs to keep his religion to himself when serving the public.

‘That his religion did not allow him to sit next to a woman is not an acceptable defense in an occupation that is operated to serve the public,’ she wrote.

‘Of significance, respondent made it clear that the husband would be welcome in the front seat, while the wife/complainant would not be.’

Kudos to the judge in this case and to the manager at the cab company for standing up to bigotry. Hey cab driver, American women are not about to step into the stone ages to accommodate your religious beliefs. This is one incident where people took a stand and pushed back at the attempt to marginalize a segment of American society by insisting they ride in the back of the cab. Never let bigotry win.

Sonja Bochow

I live in Newark, DE, am married, and the mother of four children; Liam, Brenna, Keira and Erin. I am also a full time Bible teacher and have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from West Chester University.

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