Workplace bias complaints pour in from Michigan Muslims

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Terry Ali said in a federal lawsuit she was fired from her job days after the San Bernardino, Calif., mass shootings. Photo courtesy of Detroit Free Press via USA Today

Terry Ali said in a federal lawsuit she was fired from her job days after the San Bernardino, Calif., mass shootings. Photo courtesy of Detroit Free Press via USA Today

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DETROIT — Terry Ali, a 48-year-old medical receptionist is suing Livonia Dermatology, claiming the clinic fired her two days after the deadly San Bernardino shooting because of her religious beliefs. Specifically, she wore a hijab to work.

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  • Aristotles

    Nothing like an excuse to claim victimhood.

  • freeman

    But just leave a Bible out or any indication of Christian beliefs and those same group supporting the Muslims will swoop in like hawks.

  • No doubt she might be right but should she have a case? What an absurd thought that you can look the part but not be associated with them. It is a wide known fact that in the land of her ancestors if you pray to the “one true God” you will be killed or at least kicked out of the country. There is no tolerance from anyone that calls themselves a devout Muslim for Christians.
    Walking a mile in their brothers shoe does not fit them!!! Should we profile and descriminate?
    DO THEY DISCRIMINATE ABOUT WHO THEY KILL? YOU BET THEY DO.

    ANYONE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE IN ALLAH!

  • Linda

    I don’t know about Michigan, but in Wisconsin, they don’t have to even have a reason to fire you. If they decide they want to hire their brother-in-law instead of you, they can let you go in an instant. No reason is necessary.

  • Larry

    Right to Work laws yield to the EEOC in this instance.

    If an employer wants to fend off a religious discrimination suit in this matter, they have to cough up a plausible excuse why the employee was fired other than her religious beliefs/headgear. Granted the bar on this is extremely low, but it is still one which needs to be met.

    “She was a hunt-and-peck typer” could work if presented in a credible manner.

  • Larry

    Thank you for demonstrating why we have workplace discrimination laws. Your need to take out a collective punishment for an entire faith on a person is neither reasonable nor possibly justifiable.

  • dmj76

    I have worked for several different companies and at all of them some people had Bibles at their desks, with no bad results.

    Maybe discrimination against Christians is not as bad as all that, at least in New Jersey.

    Did you get into trouble at work for displaying a Bible? If you did I welcome you to New Jersey, a deep purple state.

    best wishes

  • Larry

    New Jersey has such a demographically mixed population that attempts at exercising obnoxious Christian privilege are likely to be met with lawsuits at the drop of a hat. So there is far less danger of Bible thumpers trying to act obnoxiously in service of their faith in the workplace. Plus fundamentalists are pretty darn rare in that part of the country.

    In places where fundies are a significant part of the political landscape and local culture, they feel far more emboldened to pretend their Christian faith entitles them to act like jerks.