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Managers’ jokes cost AutoZone $75,000

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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.

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