It was a “Muslim-American,” Louay Kezy. What’s with the hyphenated designation “Muslim-American”? Is AP now daring to imply that there is something about being a Muslim that makes one a different kind of American from all the other Americans?
As far as the suit itself goes, I have no way of knowing what really went on inside this Wal-Mart, but twelve million dollars? Because of a few jokes? Because of being moved between departments in a way he didn’t like? Mr. Kezy is either extraordinarily thin-skinned or is being used by others to push the proposition that employers must treat Muslim employees with kid gloves, essentially allowing them to do as they please — once again, like so many stealth jihad initiatives, establishing Muslims as a privileged class with rights beyond those of non-Muslims. CAIR’s involvement makes the latter option seem more likely.
“Muslim-American files bias suit against Wal-Mart,” by Jeff Karoub for AP, December 18 (thanks to all who sent this in):
An Arab- and Muslim-American man filed a $12 million lawsuit Thursday against a Wal-Mart store that caters to his community – saying employees discriminated against him and fired him because of his background.
Louay Kezy, 43, of Dearborn filed the suit in Wayne County Circuit Court. He accuses Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart and three employees at its Dearborn store of violating his civil rights through threats, harassment and dismissal after complaining about the employees’ conduct. […]
The store opened in March with the area’s large Arab and Muslim population in mind. It offers hundreds of items geared toward them, such as food and music. It also opened with 35 Arabic-speaking employees – noted in Arabic script on their badges – and hired a local Arab-American educator to teach the staff cultural sensitivity.
Kezy, who worked at the store from March to August, said he was the only Arab or Muslim to work in the stock room, where he said he endured jokes about terrorists and was threatened by another employee. The lawsuit says his hours were reduced, he was denied mandated break time and was “arbitrarily shuffled” between departments after complaining to managers.
“They start telling me stuff – `We don’t like you. We hate you all,'” said Kezy, who remains unemployed. “They want to beat me up. (One said), `I want to punch you in the face.'”…
Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter, said a representative of his organization was among those that met with Wal-Mart officials before the store opened.
Walid said the store has done a great deal of marketing and public relations, but added “there’s a difference between seeking to profit from the community” and having a “true appreciation for diversity as well as workers’ rights.”