A San Francisco jury has awarded $865,000 to a Muslim security guard who says his co-workers and supervisors called him a terrorist and an al-Qaida member. The jury said he was owed $465,000 for lost wages and emotional distress, plus $400,000 in punitive damages.
Abas Idris, who is from Eritrea, sued Andrews International, claiming that a supervisor told him Muslims kill people and that a co-worker called him a “goddamn terrorist” and suggested he was an al-Qaida member. The jury found that the company was responsible for harassment and a hostile work environment.
The company plans to appeal the verdict.
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