۲۸ مرداد ۱۳۹۸ |١٧ ذو الحجة ١٤٤٠ | Aug 19, 2019
News Code: 358614
24 July 2019 - 01:53
 Muslim employee sues LADWP, alleging discrimination

Saiara Shams, 41, filed a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court earlier this year, alleging her co-workers made derogatory comments about her religion. Romero, according to court documents and an interview with The Times, allegedly made fun of Shams' accent, compared her to Islamist terrorists,

Hawzah News Agency(California, US) - An employee of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is suing the utility, along with four of her colleagues, over what she is calling a years-long campaign of harassment, retaliation and discrimination, stemming from the fact she’s a Muslim.

Saiara Shams, 41, filed a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court earlier this year, alleging her co-workers made derogatory comments about her religion, retaliated after she reported wasteful contracts and prevented her from moving up the ranks at DWP, the Los Angeles Times reported. Shams also filed complaints with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

 

 

DWP spokesman Michael Ventre declined to comment, citing pending litigation. "We take all allegations of discrimination seriously," he told The Times.

The four co-workers cited in the lawsuit — Ana Romero, Henry Williams, Zebbra Corbin and Glenn Barry — either didn't respond to requests for comment or declined to comment.

 

 

Shams was born in Bangladesh and moved to California in 1997, becoming an American citizen in 2000. When she joined the team that manages the power grid, she said, she was the only Muslim woman in her department. Romero was her boss.

Romero, according to court documents and an interview with The Times, allegedly made fun of Shams' accent, compared her to Islamist terrorists, told her she ''needed to take an English writing class because she was not born in the U.S,'' and lamented that she would have rather hired a Latinx person.

 

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