A California jury found that a university medical center employer engaged in religious discrimination and awarded the plaintiff more than three million dollars in damages.
According to the allegations in the case, the former warehouse employee worked for the medical center for 10 years without incident. After the employee converted to Islam, he began to experience harassment from his supervisors. The harassment increased when the plaintiff broke his thumb and was placed on light duty until it fully healed.
The plaintiff alleged the supervisors repeatedly used derogatory names, called the plaintiff a terrorist, and frequently suggested he quit. They also began assigning him additional duties, which he described as an "unreasonable and unfair workload." The employee complained to the human resource department, who, after a brief inquiry, informed the employee that nothing could be done.
The following year, the employer suspended the employee and eventually terminated him, stating a coworker had accused him of making a "terrorist threat". The employee denied the accusation. Scott Schwebke "Fired Muslim awarded $3.2 million in discrimination suit against Loma Linda University Medical Center" www.sbsun.com (Nov. 07, 2018).