When employee Frank Mahoney Burroughs converted to the Sikh religion, managers at the AutoZone began asking him if he had joined Al-Qaeda and whether he was a terrorist, according to a lawsuit filed recently by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In addition, the suit said, the AutoZone in Everett, Mass., refused to accommodate his religious need to wear a turban and failed to intervene when customers referred to him as “bin Laden” and made terrorist jokes. The suit said Burroughs was fired in retaliation for complaining.
AutoZone will pay $75,000 plus attorneys’ fees, adopt a policy prohibiting religious discrimination and train its managers in all of its 4,500 stores nationwide.