PALM BEACH GARDENS – A Muslim man says Wackenhut Corp. fired him from his security guard job last year after he complained about a co-worker repeatedly calling him “a terrorist,” although a Wackenhut official said it investigated the incident and found no evidence of discrimination.

At a news conference Thursday outside Wackenhut’s Palm Beach Gardens headquarters, Refat Amar, 31, of Jacksonville said he lost his $8-an-hour job in June 2006.

Amar, who is a native of Egypt, said a co-worker made repeated cracks about his religious beliefs. When the co-worker repeated the insult in front of a supervisor, Amar reported it to Wackenhut’s human relations department, Amar said. Two days after he complained, Amar said, he was fired.

“They fired me for no reason, just simply because I complained,” Amar said. . .

Altaf Ali, executive director of the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, organized Thursday’s news conference. He said workplace discrimination against Muslims is all too common.

“We are very concerned about anti-Muslim incidents in the state of Florida,” Ali said. “We’re very disturbed that Wackenhut would cast a blind eye on this issue.”


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