Muslim employee terrorized after Sept. 11 (Legal view)

Court rules termination wasn't discriminatory
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/03/2008

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has ruled a B.C. company discriminated against an employee of Middle Eastern background after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks but did not discriminate against him when he was fired a year and a half later.

Ghassan Asad, 38, is a Muslim from Saudi Arabia who began working for Vancouver-based Kinexus Bioinformatics, a company that works on new biological discoveries and disease treatments, in August 2000. In August 2001, Asad received his Canadian citizenship and decided to take a trip to celebrate. He went to several cities including Toronto, Boston, New York and Washington. He showed his co-workers photographs from his trip and wrote about it in the company newsletter.

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