There are incidents where workplace discrimination may be subtle or it may be more overt. It can be difficult to prove employment discrimination, but one man recently won a case and was awarded a $1.2 million judgment. Colorado employees who feel they face some level of discrimination on-the-job may be interested in the details of this case. The man who won his case based upon proof that he was discriminated against for his race and religion amid claims that he was treated differently for having a long beard.
The 56-year-old man was originally from Tunisia and is a U.S. citizen. He is Muslim and has a long beard. He was employed in various capacities by a county government in another state for 17 years, and he claimed that he was harassed by being subjected to taunts and racial discrimination. The man recounted how he was passed over for a promotion. He also asserted that the management at his workplace was complacent in the discrimination he endured.
The county argued that the man wasn't discriminated against and further claimed that he wasn't qualified for the promotion. The county also claimed he was cited for insubordination on several occasions. A jury hearing the case sided with the employee and awarded the settlement. After the man was fired, his marriage fell apart. He says he was even homeless at one point.
When someone pursues an employment discrimination case, their entire work history may be scrutinized as evidence against them, including any purported disciplinary actions. Evidence, such as emails or witness testimony, may help further outline a case. If any Colorado employee believes they have suffered employment discrimination based on their religion, race, national origin or another reason, they may benefit by becoming informed about their rights and what protections they may have under the law.
Source: freep.com, Muslim-American man wins nearly $1.2 million in job discrimination case, Tresa Baldas, Feb. 28, 2014