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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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kaffedrikke
by Bronze Member on May. 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM
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Then maybe AT&T needs to.stop being asshats.
TCgirlatheart
by TC on May. 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM
What is wrong with you.

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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jllcali
by on May. 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM
1 mom liked this
Obvious troll is obvious.

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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jllcali
by on May. 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM
I'm glad she won her suit. I'm not sure it warranted 5mill, but I hope AT&T has to pay every penny. They are asshats.
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ashleyrenee24
by Ashley on May. 6, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Please tell me you are joking.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

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


yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on May. 6, 2012 at 2:40 PM

 No one should be tormented because of their faith.  I am glad she won, but I disgree with the amount of the award.  The big awards/payments increase the cost of goods for others and I am sure that is not the intent of the lady that filed the suit.

momtimesx4
by Gold Member on May. 6, 2012 at 3:07 PM


Quoting TCgirlatheart:

What is wrong with you.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

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


What they said is what many think, whether or not they will admit it.

Terrorists attacked America
Terrorists were Muslim
Terrorists=Muslim
Muslim=Terrorist

ButterMeUp
by Silver Member on May. 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM
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Quoting momtimesx4:


Quoting TCgirlatheart:

What is wrong with you.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

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


What they said is what many think, whether or not they will admit it.

Terrorists attacked America
Terrorists were Muslim
Terrorists=Muslim
Muslim=Terrorist

Catholic bishops (some) rape little boys, that doesn't mean all catholics like to play in little boy's ass holes!

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jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on May. 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM
1 mom liked this

Ooooo look, a bigot

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

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


mm_mom515
by Member on May. 6, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Wow, thats a horrible comment.  She was wronged in so many ways.  Her religion should have nothing to do with her job or how she's treated.

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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