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Federal jury awards Muslim woman $20,000 for discrimination


A recent Tulsa World article relayed that a federal jury awarded a Muslim woman $20,000 in compensatory damages after the woman was discriminated against by a local company.

The woman had applied to work at a local Abercrombie Kids location. However, the woman alleges she was turned down because she wears a headscarf.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of the plaintiff by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. While the jury ruled in favor of the woman, it did not award her punitive damages and U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell denied the EEOC's request for an injunction against the company.

The lawsuit was filed in September 2009, citing religious discrimination. The worker had worn her headscarf to her interview, and later learned she was denied employment because of it. As a result, she felt insulted and disrespected and turned to the EEOC for help.

The case highlights the importance of companies following legal employment practices, which includes avoiding all forms of discrimination. Failure to do so can result in expensive professional liability lawsuits. 

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