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AT&T To Pay Muslim Woman $5 Million After Boss Snatched Off Her Scarf
aol.com ^ | 5/7/12 | AP

Posted on 05/07/2012 11:53:14 AM PDT by ColdOne

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- 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 reported Saturday that the award appears to be the largest jury verdict for a workplace discrimination case in Missouri history.

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1 posted on 05/07/2012 11:53:16 AM PDT by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

but you Christians better now show a cross or you’ll be shot


2 posted on 05/07/2012 11:55:41 AM PDT by molson209
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To: ColdOne

Better be an automatic appeal on this one. Sounds like a truly psycho jury. I wouldn’t have awarded her five dollars.


3 posted on 05/07/2012 11:55:52 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: ColdOne

She converted to Islam because it was the only religion that came close to wearing a bag over her head.


4 posted on 05/07/2012 11:56:51 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: ColdOne

gag me


5 posted on 05/07/2012 11:59:51 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: ColdOne

I think $5 million is ridiculous but I can’t see any justification for what the manager did.


6 posted on 05/07/2012 12:01:11 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: ColdOne

The boss sounds like a huge jerk, I’d be calling this sexual harassment and assault on top of things. No one has the right to disrobe an employee - and as the headscarf was a piece of clothing, this was a forced disrobing with the intent to humiliate and intimidate. The fact that he wasn’t fired from AT&T for this act - alone - means that AT&T needed some monitary incentive to force managment to behave in a civilized manner.

Perhaps $5 Million will cause AT&T to re-visit their policies on bosses assaulting employees.

The fact that she was Muslim has no bearing. If she was undergoing cancer treatment and wore a scarf to hide her bald head - the act is the same in maliciousness. If she were a man and had knocked a few teeth out - she would have been fired for assault. Thus, this was very much an AT&T supported enviroment of management hostility.

Unfortunately, many companies refuse to consider policies in line with what most people expect to be a lesson we all learn in Kindergarten. When this fails, the courts step in.

She just happens to be the ‘lucky’ recipient of a lesson that needed to be taught to a large company.


7 posted on 05/07/2012 12:02:11 PM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: ColdOne

Do the jurors know where the 5M comes from? What a bunch of morons.


8 posted on 05/07/2012 12:02:35 PM PDT by FES0844
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To: ColdOne

I believe that the state limits the additional restitution to a certain multiple of the damages...thereby giving this muslim idiotess far less money.

However, since she has beenb “exposed” and dishonored, is not not required for her husband and neighbors to stone yer to death?


9 posted on 05/07/2012 12:02:45 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: ColdOne

I believe that the state limits the additional restitution to a certain multiple of the damages...thereby giving this muslim idiotess far less money.

However, since she has beenb “exposed” and dishonored, is not not required for her husband and neighbors to stone yer to death?


10 posted on 05/07/2012 12:02:45 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: ColdOne

Woulda been cheaper and more culturally sensitive to behead her.


11 posted on 05/07/2012 12:03:13 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1204 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: DonaldC

Allegedly.


12 posted on 05/07/2012 12:03:13 PM PDT by ngat
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To: ColdOne

Hot dawg!

Found a new way to fund the Jihad!


13 posted on 05/07/2012 12:05:46 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Hodar

“The boss sounds like a huge jerk,”

Boss and employee later split the proceeds.

Sounds like the makings of a great scam.


14 posted on 05/07/2012 12:07:58 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: ColdOne

Her boss and the other Christian employees at AT&T also have First amendment freedom of religion and the right to express their views.

They should also sue her for prohibiting their freedom of speech and religion.


15 posted on 05/07/2012 12:08:21 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Hodar

What makes you think that the boss is a man?


16 posted on 05/07/2012 12:09:12 PM PDT by Piranha (If you seek perfection you will end up with Democrats.)
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To: ColdOne

“Juries” are a joke. A bunch of out of work clowns always wanting to “send a message”. Morons.


17 posted on 05/07/2012 12:09:46 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
Boss and employee later split the proceeds. Sounds like the makings of a great scam.

Wow... I'd never thought of that. Now to find a willing manager. For $2.5 Million I'd put up with an awful lot!!

18 posted on 05/07/2012 12:10:18 PM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
“Juries” are a joke

Full of people who are too stupid to figure out how to get out of jury duty.

19 posted on 05/07/2012 12:12:14 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Hodar

Lawyer gets 40%. Then come taxes.


20 posted on 05/07/2012 12:13:32 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: AppyPappy

Basically AT&T is paying Jizya.


21 posted on 05/07/2012 12:15:33 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Hodar

AT&T hires morons to operate many lines of their business.
We have a green telephone box on a tiny easement on our property. AT&T hired a spraying company to keep the weeds down around this box. The sprayers shot their weed killer 35 feet off the easement and killed several healthy trees, including a 100 year old black oak.
I took them to court and believe me, they paid. Bastards !


22 posted on 05/07/2012 12:16:07 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: ColdOne

Is it just me, or is there something just basically wrong with a boss involuntarily removing any article of clothing from an employee of the opposite gender? Call me old fashioned.


23 posted on 05/07/2012 12:16:20 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ColdOne

Snatched her scarf? Good thing it wasn’t the other way around!


24 posted on 05/07/2012 12:16:52 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: dfwgator

I was one of those stupid people once. DUI case. I’LL NEVER DO IT AGAIN. Too many morons wanted to send a message to the police for pulling the drunk over. They didn’t think it was fair to throw the perp in jail. Geeeesh! My head exploded and the stuff it the fan. I’ll never do it again. EVER!


25 posted on 05/07/2012 12:18:28 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: AppyPappy

$2,500,000 x 0.6 = $1,5000,000

This assumes I split the $5 Mil with my boss on a scam, then lawyers take 40%, then I get left wtih $1.5 Million. I don’t have to paypay taxes on either Back Pay, or from the settlement:

•Back pay and damages for emotional distress received to satisfy a claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Beats the hell out of working, doesn’t it?


26 posted on 05/07/2012 12:30:19 PM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

L.
O.
L.


27 posted on 05/07/2012 12:30:53 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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.

A St. Louis “convert” to Islam -

Fast-Tracking Sharia Law for big yucks and big bucks

Reparations Muzzie style

.


28 posted on 05/07/2012 12:33:34 PM PDT by devolve (------ ---- ---------toss_subhumans_in_Hannibal*s_wild_boar_pit----------- ---------------------)
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To: FES0844
Do the jurors know where the 5M comes from? What a bunch of morons.

Looks like this jury was made up of some of the millions of Americans that are pure idiots.

29 posted on 05/07/2012 12:38:18 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: ColdOne

Where did they pick this Jury. Iraq???


30 posted on 05/07/2012 12:40:34 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: DonaldC

Ditto


31 posted on 05/07/2012 12:44:35 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

LMAO!


32 posted on 05/07/2012 12:45:47 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: ColdOne

Check out the picture in the article.

When did Karl Rove become a Muslim woman?


33 posted on 05/07/2012 12:49:51 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: BelegStrongbow

How much would they have awarded a woman whose boss pulled up her skirt?

“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.”


34 posted on 05/07/2012 12:53:32 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Fnaaar fnaaar!


35 posted on 05/07/2012 1:07:38 PM PDT by Vide
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To: ColdOne

Just another reason companies move their offices overseas. To stop BS law suits like this. Socialism, and multiculturalism is kill America.


36 posted on 05/07/2012 1:10:59 PM PDT by Exton1
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To: FES0844

No, the jurors don’t realize they will get to pay it. They think the “evil corporation” will get it from its large handbag.


37 posted on 05/07/2012 1:22:22 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: DonaldC

That’s how I feel.

I know that there are Mennonite and some Baptists/Pentecostals who have religious wear for their religion and I don’t think they should be treated like that.


38 posted on 05/07/2012 1:25:07 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: ngat
Allegedly.

Legally speaking, once the jury hands down its verdict, it's no longer just "alleged."

39 posted on 05/07/2012 1:27:25 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Hodar
The boss sounds like a huge jerk,...

Sounds like a lot of 'management' that I ran into while working for AT&T after the split.

41 posted on 05/07/2012 1:44:09 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: heartwood

I think the members of the jury should be personally on the hook for the difference. That would end these absurd judgements in a hurry.


42 posted on 05/07/2012 1:47:02 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Uncle Slayton

As an Atheist I would sue her for constantly exposing me to religion against my will.


43 posted on 05/07/2012 2:29:33 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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