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Muslim woman wins $5 million verdict from AT&T for discrimination
Reuters ^ | May 4, 2012 | Carey Gillam

Posted on 05/04/2012 4:26:26 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

(Reuters) - A Kansas City woman who converted from Christianity to Islam has been awarded $5 million in punitive damages by a jury who found the telecommunications giant AT&T created a "hostile work environment" after her conversion, according to a judge's order issued Friday.

Susann Bashir, a 41-year-old married mother, sued AT&T unit Southwestern Bell for what she said was a pattern of offensive and discriminatory conduct by her supervisors that began when she converted to Islam in 2005, six years after she started working for the company as a network technician.

After Bashir started wearing a religious head scarf known as a hijab, and attending Friday mosque services, her managers and co-workers called her names including "terrorist," and told her she was going to hell, said her attorney Amy Coopman.

A manager repeatedly told her to remove her hijab, insulted her for wearing it, and once physically grabbed Bashir and tried to rip the hijab off her head, according to the suit.

Bashir complained to human resources and then filed a formal complaint alleging discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was subsequently fired in 2010.

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1 posted on 05/04/2012 4:26:32 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Do you FReepers realize that your country is GONE?


2 posted on 05/04/2012 4:29:14 PM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection then failure is your election)
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To: Digger

We do, next we’re going to work on your country!


3 posted on 05/04/2012 4:33:29 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m not buying this.


4 posted on 05/04/2012 4:38:52 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
It ain't over till the fat lady sings:

AT&T spokesman Marty Richter said the company would appeal.

5 posted on 05/04/2012 4:42:13 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Let’s talk about Muslim and leftist schizophrenia.

If you talk to leftists who will swear to you, Islam is a “religion of peace” (Thank you George Bush) they will also say that headscarves are not required, they are “cultural, not ordered by the Koran”.

But if you tell a muslim worker to take their “cultural headscarf off, suddenly you are impugning their “religion”.


6 posted on 05/04/2012 4:47:46 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This woman needs to get her head examined!

Why on Earth would she become a Mooselimb???


7 posted on 05/04/2012 4:55:04 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
A manager repeatedly told her to remove her hijab, insulted her for wearing it, and once physically grabbed Bashir and tried to rip the hijab off her head, according to the suit.

This almost sounds phony. I've never seen anyone act like that on the job. Maybe I live a sheltered life.

8 posted on 05/04/2012 4:56:42 PM PDT by marron
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To: Michael Barnes
AT&T gets some of the highest awards from the NAACP and pushes diversity big time. Their code of business conduct covers gays, lesbians, transgendered and sexual “identity”. They are super liberal in this area and have a huge mix of people of all nationalities and ethnic groups.

While something like this could happen anywhere it is less representative of AT&T behavior than just about any Company in the U.S. I call BS.

and a $5M award ???

9 posted on 05/04/2012 5:00:50 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Free ThinkerNY
It is becoming more frequent that low esteem women in America decide they will convert and begin wearing Islamic garb to get attention. AS the initial attention wears off, they look for another way keep themselves topical.

The sue employers, schools and even drivers licensing bureaus for the right to hide themselves while they are really trying to be noticed for the first time in their lives.

Most just want 15 minutes of fame. This one seems (for the moment) to have cashed in big time.

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10 posted on 05/04/2012 5:03:33 PM PDT by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
Why on Earth would she become a Mooselimb???

Apparently it pays well.

Imagine a muslim converting to Christianity and trying to sue the employer. bwahahahahahahahahahahaah!

11 posted on 05/04/2012 5:04:54 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Smells like she set them up.


12 posted on 05/04/2012 5:14:27 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The Christians in her place of work hand Freedom of Religion too and the Freedom of Speech to say what they want.


13 posted on 05/04/2012 5:35:18 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: the invisib1e hand

Convert from Islam to Christianity in some Muslim countries, and you risk a penalty of death. Convert from Christianity to Islam in some Western countries, and you may be eligible for 5 million dollars.


14 posted on 05/04/2012 5:53:45 PM PDT by GJones2 (Muslim convert gets 5 million dollars)
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To: I still care

“...take their cultural headscarf off ...”

Well ... If I went hard-core Mennonite and started wearing a prayer covering (I’m not)I would be mighty surprised if people started asking me to take it off. I wouldn’t take off a prayer covering.

That said ... I wonder if the head scarf is a smoke screen and she got fired or disciplined for attendance issues if she expected to take Fridays off.

My conclusion is that Islam is not compatible with Western life.


15 posted on 05/04/2012 6:51:45 PM PDT by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
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To: Cloverfarm

What a gig.

Though pretending to be mozlim would be like rolling in $#1t to pretend I’m a pig.


16 posted on 05/04/2012 7:00:53 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Cloverfarm

But for the Mennonite, their prayer caps are an article of faith. They wear it as a sign of devotion to God.

You don’t find them in some forums saying, oh, it’s cultural, it has nothing to do with our faith, and in others saying it is a religious covering. The apologists for Islam do this all the time. I’ve seen that argument a million times - “the hijabs are cultural, not religious”, - but if they get asked to take it off, then suddenly it’s religious.


17 posted on 05/04/2012 8:06:50 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wanna know a sure fire way to end up in Hell?

“A Kansas City woman who converted from Christianity to Islam has been”

Here is the fast track!


18 posted on 05/04/2012 11:09:44 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: GJones2

Today’s Muslims clearly see the benefits of capitalism. As for the broad in question, getting fired from work is the least of her worries.


19 posted on 05/05/2012 5:19:13 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Look for more of this “career choice.”


20 posted on 05/05/2012 10:16:40 AM PDT by jch10
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Totally absurd verdict.


21 posted on 05/05/2012 10:20:08 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: the invisib1e hand

If a Muslim were to convert to Christianity they’d better find a way to enter the Witness Protection Program.

It may be for people who have witnessed a murder or some other heinous crime but if a Muslim were to find her...


22 posted on 05/05/2012 10:48:42 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: Baynative

If a Jew is asked to remove his (or her) yarmulke for a legitimate reason they would.

Jews are supposed to adhere to the laws of the countries in which they live. I wish Muslims would.


23 posted on 05/05/2012 10:51:41 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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