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AT&T to pay Muslim woman $5M in harassment case

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  A former Kansas City woman who converted to Islam in 2005 said she was harassed for years at AT&T, and that the abuse boiled over in 2008 when her boss snatched her head scarf and exposed her hair.

A Jackson County jury on Thursday awarded Susann Bashir $5 million in punitive damages in her discrimination lawsuit, along with $120,000 in lost wages and other actual damages.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/JKWbqR ) reported Saturday the award appears to be the largest jury verdict for a workplace discrimination case in Missouri history.

Bashir said in court documents that her work environment became hostile immediately after she converted, with her co-workers making harassing comments about her religion and referring to her hijab as "that thing on her head."

"I was shocked. I thought, 'What is going on?'" she told the newspaper. "Nobody ever cared what I wore before. Nobody ever cared what religion I was before."

Bashir worked at AT&T's office in Kansas City for 10 years as a fiber optics network builder before being fired from her $70,000-a-year job. She claimed she endured religious discrimination nearly every day of the final three years she worked there, including being asked if she was going to blow up the building and being called a "towelhead" and a terrorist.

AT&T said Friday it disagrees with the verdict and plans to appeal.

Despite the jury's award, Bashir stands to receive much less than $5 million because Missouri law caps such awards at five times the actual damage amount, plus attorney fees.

Amy Coopman, Bashir's lawyer, said attorney fees will be determined later by the judge.

The previous largest such verdict came in 2009, when Mohamed Alhalabi, an Arab-American Muslim, was awarded $811,949 in St. Louis County Circuit Court in a case against the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

That same year, a Jonesboro, Ark., jury ordered AT&T to pay $1.3 million to two former employees fired for attending a Jehovah's Witnesses convention.

Bashir said she called an employee help line in March 2005 and asked the company to provide sensitivity training for her co-workers.

"It was a worthless call," she said. "Nothing ever changed."

The harassment continued and in March 2008, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission launched an investigation after she filed a complaint.

She said that made some workers angry and led to the final encounter with her boss.

http://news.yahoo.com/t-pay-muslim-woman-5m-harassment-case-192536716--finance.html

by on May. 6, 2012 at 11:37 AM
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muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on May. 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

She did apologize.

Quoting stacymomof2:

Yeah, OK.  So you are saying that when something makes you mad you immediately revert to bigotry? Blaming people like Muslimah and PJ?  And members of my family?  Hmmmm.  I would do a little thinking about that if I were you.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I can come across really hardcore sometimes...  This article really angered me and I flipped my lid.  Better now.

Quoting stacymomof2:

Is that a joke?  

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Wow...now we have have another Muslim running around with more money  to fund terrorism of  Christian American Citizens. 





stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on May. 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I did catch that.  You are very forgiving.  :)

Quoting muslimahpj:

She did apologize.

Quoting stacymomof2:

Yeah, OK.  So you are saying that when something makes you mad you immediately revert to bigotry? Blaming people like Muslimah and PJ?  And members of my family?  Hmmmm.  I would do a little thinking about that if I were you.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I can come across really hardcore sometimes...  This article really angered me and I flipped my lid.  Better now.

Quoting stacymomof2:

Is that a joke?  

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Wow...now we have have another Muslim running around with more money  to fund terrorism of  Christian American Citizens. 






muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on May. 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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I try. I fail at it quite often, but, I do try. LOL

If it's genuine, I have no problem with letting it go, but, if it's not, time will tell.

Quoting stacymomof2:

I did catch that.  You are very forgiving.  :)

Quoting muslimahpj:

She did apologize.

Quoting stacymomof2:

Yeah, OK.  So you are saying that when something makes you mad you immediately revert to bigotry? Blaming people like Muslimah and PJ?  And members of my family?  Hmmmm.  I would do a little thinking about that if I were you.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I can come across really hardcore sometimes...  This article really angered me and I flipped my lid.  Better now.

Quoting stacymomof2:

Is that a joke?  

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Wow...now we have have another Muslim running around with more money  to fund terrorism of  Christian American Citizens. 







Shortiekt
by Gold Member on May. 10, 2012 at 5:08 PM
Your confirmed ignorance and bigotry scares me more than your irrational fears of her being connected to terrorism.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Wow...now we have have another Muslim running around with more money  to fund terrorism of  Christian American Citizens. 

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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on May. 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Yeah well just remember you are talking about human beings here.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Nevertheless....I extend my sincere apologies for offending you.  I want to be more supportive and understanding of things so I can be a better `teacher' to my children.  I loved my parents very much, however, they were not the most tolerant people in the world.  In fact, they thought I was LIBERAL.


Quoting muslimahpj:

Hardcore?

sidesplittinglaughter

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I can come across really hardcore sometimes...  This article really angered me and I flipped my lid.  Better now.

Quoting stacymomof2:

Is that a joke?  

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Wow...now we have have another Muslim running around with more money  to fund terrorism of  Christian American Citizens. 






bozobean
by Bronze Member on May. 10, 2012 at 6:13 PM

You're an idiot!

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Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Wow...now we have have another Muslim running around with more money  to fund terrorism of  Christian American Citizens. 


TruthSeeker.
by Milami on May. 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

 I'm glad she stood up for herself and made them pay. No amount of money can give her back what was taken from her. Her dignity is worth more than the settlement given. IMO.

muslimah
by on May. 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM

 

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Nevertheless....I extend my sincere apologies for offending you.  I want to be more supportive and understanding of things so I can be a better `teacher' to my children.  I loved my parents very much, however, they were not the most tolerant people in the world.  In fact, they thought I was LIBERAL.

 

Quoting muslimahpj:

Hardcore?

sidesplittinglaughter

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I can come across really hardcore sometimes...  This article really angered me and I flipped my lid.  Better now.

Quoting stacymomof2:

Is that a joke?  

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Wow...now we have have another Muslim running around with more money  to fund terrorism of  Christian American Citizens. 


 


 

 No problem we're used to it.


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MeAndTommyLee
by Platinum Member on May. 11, 2012 at 1:55 PM

That may be true, but I don't want to be one of THOSE people.  I am a Christian, and my belief is that Jesus would NOT approve of what I said, nor shun anyone.  I was wrong.  Period.  And instead denying others the right to express their own beliefs I was being ignorant. and hypocritical because MY God excludes no one.

Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Nevertheless....I extend my sincere apologies for offending you.  I want to be more supportive and understanding of things so I can be a better `teacher' to my children.  I loved my parents very much, however, they were not the most tolerant people in the world.  In fact, they thought I was LIBERAL.

 

Quoting muslimahpj:

Hardcore?

sidesplittinglaughter

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I can come across really hardcore sometimes...  This article really angered me and I flipped my lid.  Better now.

Quoting stacymomof2:

Is that a joke?  

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Wow...now we have have another Muslim running around with more money  to fund terrorism of  Christian American Citizens. 


 


 

 No problem we're used to it.


muslimah
by on May. 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM

 

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

That may be true, but I don't want to be one of THOSE people.  I am a Christian, and my belief is that Jesus would NOT approve of what I said, nor shun anyone.  I was wrong.  Period.  And instead denying others the right to express their own beliefs I was being ignorant. and hypocritical because MY God excludes no one.

Quoting muslimah:

 

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Nevertheless....I extend my sincere apologies for offending you.  I want to be more supportive and understanding of things so I can be a better `teacher' to my children.  I loved my parents very much, however, they were not the most tolerant people in the world.  In fact, they thought I was LIBERAL.

 

Quoting muslimahpj:

Hardcore?

sidesplittinglaughter

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

I can come across really hardcore sometimes...  This article really angered me and I flipped my lid.  Better now.

Quoting stacymomof2:

Is that a joke?  

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

Wow...now we have have another Muslim running around with more money  to fund terrorism of  Christian American Citizens. 


 


 

 No problem we're used to it.

 

 It takes a big person to admit their mistakes. I admire your honesty.


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