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AT&T fined for discriminating against Muslim woman
Susann Bashir sued telecommunications giant AT&T for creating a “hostile work environment” after her conversion to Islam. (File photo)
Sun May 6, 2012
American AT&T, a leader in telecommunication services, has been ordered to pay $5 million in punitive damages for discrimination against a Muslim woman.
A jury in Jackson County Circuit Court on Thursday ordered AT&T to pay $120,000 in actual damages and $5 million in punitive damages for discrimination against Susann Bashir, a Kansas City woman who converted from Christianity to Islam.
Susann, 41, had sued AT&T unit Southwestern Bell for a pattern of offensive and discriminatory conduct by supervisors following her conversion to Islam in 2005.
She has been a network technician in the company for six years.
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.
She said that when she started wearing a head scarf, her colleagues and manager started calling her names like “terrorist” and told her that she would be going to hell.
"I was shocked. I thought, what is going on? Nobody ever cared what I wore before. Nobody ever cared what religion I was before," she said.
Islamophobia and discrimination cases against Muslims have been increased in the United States over the past 11 years.