Muslim woman wins $5M in harassment case against AT&T

05/06/2012 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // justicenews // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Kansas City – A woman who claims she endured religious based harassment while working for AT&T, has won a sizable judgment against the telecommunications company. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Susann Bashir, who filed a discrimination lawsuit after purportedly being harassed by co-workers following her conversion to the Muslim religion, was awarded in excess of $5 million for her claim last week.

Bashir worked for the company for a decade prior to being fired from her job, for which she earned $70,000 a year. She alleged that during the last three years of her employment at AT&T in Kansas City, she was discriminated against due to her religious affiliation. An investigation into her complaint was launched by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2008.

A jury awarded Bashir $5 million in punitive damages and in addition to actual damages.

AT&T is reportedly planning to appeal the verdict.

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