Employer Out $110K in Settlement With EEOC Over Mistreatment of Muslim Afghan Woman

An employer that allegedly discriminated against a Muslim Afghan female employee and then retaliated against her when she complained agreed to pay $110,000 to settle a Title VII lawsuit brought on her behalf by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the commission announced yesterday.

According to the EEOC. KASCO, LLC, a St. Louis company which manufactures and sells butcher supplies and meat processing equipment, discriminated Latifa Sidiqi, because of her adherence to Islam and her Afghan descent, and then firing her for complaining about it. When Sidiqi was written up for a job performance issue–wan admonition she thought unjustified–during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, she submitted a written rebuttal to human resources, pursuant to company policy. In that rebuttal, she wrote that the write-up had “everything to do with [her] coming from a Muslim background.”

Within three weeks of this rebuttal, Sidiqi was terminated for allegedly “falsifying time records.” Sidiqi claimed, and the EEOC agreed, that this “time record” issue was pretextual, since other employees used “flex time” in the same manner Sidiqi did, but only she was fired for it.

“Employers need to ensure that their policies and practices, like the federal laws they must follow, not only protect employees from discrimination, but also protect them against retaliation when they complain,” said James R. Neely, Jr., director of the EEOC’s St. Louis District Office.

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