ME: COURT DECLINES TO HEAR CASE INVOLVING MAINE MUSLIM
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider the case of a Muslim immigrant from Maine found by a jury to have suffered workplace harassment.
Abdul Azimi asked the justices to take his case after a federal jury declined to award compensation despite concluding that he was subjected to an oppressive and hostile work environment at Jordan’s Meats Inc. in Portland, Maine.
Azimi, who arrived in the United States from Afghanistan during the 1980s, said the harassment got worse after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
After a six-day trial last year, jurors found that harassment from co-workers created a work environment that “was hostile to his race, religion or ethnic origin.” But those same jurors declined to award damages because they said he was not harmed by the conduct.
Azimi, who was fired for poor attendance while the case was pending, asked the justices to consider whether the U.S. District judge in the case was mistaken in dismissing his claim that his discharge was discriminatory. Azimi’s attorneys also had asked the justices to consider whether the judge erred by refusing to allow jury instructions on consideration of punitive damages where the jury returned no compensatory damages.