Muslim Woman Awarded $5 Million Anti-Discrimination Lawsuit Against AT&T

A jury has awarded a former AT&T employee $5 million in punitive damages in her discrimination lawsuit and $120,000 in lost wages and other damages. Susann Bashir said she was harassed for years at AT&T after converting to Islam in 2005. The abuse from her employer boiled over in 2008 when her boss grabbed her head scarf and exposed her hair. The judgement, awarded in Jackson County, MO, is the largest jury verdict for a workplace discrimination case in Missouri history, according to the Kansas City Star. Bashir, as recorded in court documents, reported that her work environment became hostile after she converted to Islam and co-workers referred to her hijab as “that thing on her head” and called her a “towelhead” and a terrorist.