Muslim Worker Sues Kaiser Over Alleged Religious Discrimination

According to Courthouse News Service, a Muslim woman in Los Angeles claims that Kaiser did nothing to stop racial and religious harassment in her workplace.

The woman also claims that Kaiser fired her for alleged “improper timekeeping entries” after she filed a report with her human resources manager about the harassment.

According to Courthouse News Service, Fahima Dalie filed a lawsuit against Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. for hostile workplace harassment, racial and national origin discrimination, religious discrimination, failure to prevent discrimination and harassment, whistle-blower retaliation, wrongful termination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and illegal eavesdropping.

Dalie is a Muslim of Palestinian descent. She said that she worked as a Patient Business Services Collections Supervisor at Kaiser’s Pasadena office from 2010 to March of 2013. During that time, she claims that she “began hearing other employees make racially derogatory comments about Middle Easterners and Armenians.”

She reportedly told her manager about the harassment, but it allegedly continued. In one instance, Dalie was reportedly called a ‘rag head’ and asked if she knew where Osama bin Laden was.

Can I Sue If I Am Discriminated Against At Work Because Of My Religion?

California has protections against religious discrimination in the work place. This can include instances of jokes and slurs, forcing an employee to participate in a religious holiday and punishing an employee for reporting discrimination.

If you have faced discrimination at work or been the center of unkind jokes or slurs because of your religion, seek representation immediately. Religious harassment or discrimination is uncalled for and should not be tolerated. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys