A former attorney for Apple sued the tech giant in state court, claiming he was discriminated against because he is Muslim. The attorney, who used to work as senior counsel for the company, says that he was discriminated against, harassed, and retaliated against during his employment with the company.
According to the complaint, the attorney was hired in August of 2014 and received satisfactory job evaluations, but was fired for being a poor “cultural fit” within the company. The attorney is from Syria and says that he was treated differently on the basis of his nationality.
Apple allegedly never introduced him to his department and refused to print Arabic on the back of his business cards. The attorney says he was eventually fired for breaching confidentiality obligations related to a consumer study. He claims that he was falsely accused and never breached any confidentiality at all.
The complaint mentions numerous inappropriate occurrences in the workplace related to the plaintiff’s religion and national origin. He says that Apple employees made inappropriate jokes about wars in the Middle East and Syria in his presence. The attorney also says that Apple refused to allow him privileges that were given to other employees. Apple also allegedly refused to allow him to attend his Friday afternoon prayer services, because they conflicted with meetings with his supervisor. The plaintiff says the meetings could have been rescheduled, but the supervisor refused.
In addition to the complaints about religious and national origin discrimination, the plaintiff also believes he was discriminated against because of his disability. He has vision problems in his right eye and colorblindness in his left, which made working with a computer screen difficult. He says Apple made no effort to accommodate his disability. In his complaint, the plaintiff is asking for lost wages and other damages.
National origin discrimination and religious discrimination and harassment are illegal under both federal and state law. National origin discrimination and religious discrimination are defined as treating applicants or employees unfavorably because they are from a certain part of the world, or because they appear to be of a certain ethnic background, or a certain religion. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, benefits, promotions, layoffs, or any other term or condition of employment.
If you experience discrimination or harassment in the workplace because of your national origin or your religion, you have legal rights. You can sue for damages, including lost wages, lost benefits, and emotional damages. However, it can be difficult to prove that you were actually discriminated against on the basis of your religion or national origin – it is common for employers to claim that you were fired for other reasons. If you believe you are being discriminated against, it’s important that you keep good records of what happens at work.
At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty and Seth I. Rosenberg believe that anyone who is discriminated against illegally should stand up for their legal rights. Call the Oakland discrimination attorneys at Liberty Law at 510-645-1000 to schedule a free consultation on your case. You may be entitled to compensation as a result of the illegal discrimination, including lost wages, unpaid benefits, and emotional damages. The attorneys at Liberty Law work with clients throughout the Oakland – San Francisco area, including Hayward, San Jose, Tracy, Fairfield, Sacramento, Berkeley, and the surrounding areas. If we choose to accept your case, you will pay us nothing in legal fees until we obtain a judgment for you. Call today to learn more or to schedule your free consultation.