Muslim guard gets $465K in Calif. harassment suit

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Posted: Jan 25, 2012 10:16 AM
Muslim guard gets $465K in Calif. harassment suit

A San Francisco jury awarded $465,000 to a Muslim security guard who says his co-workers and supervisors called him a terrorist and an al-Qaida member.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( http://bit.ly/wh5c8Y) jurors added $400,000 in punitive damages Monday to their earlier $65,000 verdict in favor of Abas Idris for lost wages and emotional distress.

The 27-year-old says he quit his job as a security guard for Los Angeles-based Andrews International in February 2010 after the company failed to take his complaints about harassment seriously. He had served as a guard at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio.

An attorney for Andrews says the company had promoted Idris to a supervisory position and plans to appeal the verdict.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com