Monday, January 31, 2011

Race and Ethnic Discrimination Case Filed Large New Jersey Hospital.


Our client, a US Citizen of Arab background and a Muslim, alleged that he suffered ethnic and race discrimination by his co-workers and supervisors.  He alleged that over a period of 3 years his supervisors and co-workers referred to him as a terrorist,” a “towel-head,” “camel jockey,” “bomb maker,” asking him whether he had any “explosives,” commenting that they will “bury him with his Quran,” stating that “all the Arabs are terrorists,” that  You are not an American. You’re an Egyptian that lives in America. Big difference,“  that “You know what? They should nuke the fucking Middle East and Kill everybody and take the oil,” commenting on hos Facebook profile page “How is the flying lessons going” and “KABOOM,”  referring to actual terrorists using planes in an act of terror, and other  offensive slurs and comments.
        He alleged that he complained to upper-management and was told he had no witnesses or evidence. Another upper management said to him that people say stupid things” and that he should “let it go.” He then began to tape record most of the discriminatory comments.  In addition to the above comments, a co-worker was heard on the tape stating “What’s up you fucking Terrorist? How many virgins you get if you become a suicide bomber?"  A co-worker  was heard on the tapes saying “Do you have any explosives on you?  “What you buy with your money C4 explosives,”   and his supervisor was heard saying "What's Up Terrorists?” then approached our client and said let me just pat you down to make sure you have no vest … [and while patting our client’s] ok... good.” 
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) protects the employee who sufferers from an abusive and intolerable working environment which caused him/her to suffer as a result.  An employee should not be placed in a situation where he or she comes to work each day to earn a salary to take care of his/her family, only to be subjected to harsh insults and ridicule.  A joke, if even intended as such, ends when feelings are hurt. The goal of employment discrimination laws is a discrimination free workplace.
          After more than 2 years in litigation,  as true in virtually all employment discrimination cases, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss the case arguing there was insufficient evidence.  A judge denied the motion. The case was resolved in a private confidential settlement on the eve of trial.

Chatarpaul Law Offices, P.C.
(201) 222-0123

Sexual Harassment Case Against NYC Restaurant

We filed suit on behalf of three restaurant employees who were terminated for complaining about their supervisor's sexual harassment of another co-worker. Title VII, New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law, prohibit an employer from retaliating against any employee who complains about discriminatory treatment to himself/herself or to another employee.
An employer may not fire, terminate, layoff, demote, transfer, reassign or otherwise take any adverse action against an employee for complaining about discriminatory treatment.

After almost 2 years of litigation, the restaurant agreed to compensate the fired employees for the damages they suffered as a result of unlawful termination.