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Jury tells AT&T to pay $5 million to Muslim woman in harassment case

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 8, 2012 | 7:13 pm

A Missouri jury has awarded Susann Bashir $5 million in her lawsuit against AT&T for harassment stemming from conversion to Islam in 2005. The workplace harassment peaked when a supervisor swiped the woman’s headscarf, forcing her to expose her hair.

The AP reports:

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.

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