Recently, a jury awarded a Muslim man $1.1 million in an employment and religious discrimination case. This represents one of the largest employment law verdicts for a Muslim American. According to the lawsuit, the man came to the United States from Tunisia a little over 20 years ago seeking the “American Dream.” However, he alleged that while employed as a maintenance worker for the Washtenaw County, he was denied promotions and eventually wrongfully terminated. As the result of the unlawful termination, he was unable to find another job and lost everything.
According to the lawsuit the “The man lost his house, he was literally homeless, and he lost his family and his wife of 26 years. He was destitute.”
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits religious discrimination. This means that it is illegal to take any negative employment action against an employee – or potential employee – as the result of the race or religion, including hiring, firing or failing to promote. If you have questions about employment discrimination or believe that you may have been subjected to unlawful discrimination or bias at work, it is a good idea to consult with a skilled Atlanta religious discrimination lawyer right away.
Here the man alleged that he was fired partially because of his beard – a religious mark of manhood.
Following this victory an observer noted that the verdict shows, “that Americans really can look past the surface and realize all citizens deserve the same basic rights, no matter where they came from or what they look like.”
At Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP, we agree. Our Georgia workplace discrimination attorneys take pride in successfully representing all individuals who have received unfair and discriminatory treatment at work. Please call our offices immediately if you have been treated unfairly at your job to find out how we can help you.