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Jury Awards $2 Million to Man Fired For Missing Work


A Los Angeles jury has awarded $2 million to a Muslim courier who was fired for missing three days of work when his third child was born.

Mehmood Darjee, 38, sued Laboratory Corp. of America, alleging religious discrimination and violation of the state's Family Rights Act.

His attorney, Carol L. Gillam, said that last week's verdict should send a message to "workers, particularly in the immigrant community ... that our justice system still works to protect them, despite the otherwise significant loss of liberty many are experiencing in these post- 9/11
times."

The jury of seven men and five women awarded Darjee $150,000 for lost wages, benefits and emotional distress, plus $2 million in punitive damages...

 

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