Feds Sue Halliburton for National Origin, Religious DiscriminationTop Stories

July 11, 2018 13:07
Feds Sue Halliburton for National Origin, Religious Discrimination

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The Houston-based energy giant Halliburton Energy Services Inc. has been sued by federal officials for subjecting two employees to national origin and religious discrimination.

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said its suit also holds that Halliburton unlawfully retaliated against one of the employees by firing him for covering the mistreatment of employees.

According to the EEOC, Hassan Snoubar, of Syrian national origin, began working for Halliburton as an operator-assistant oil field worker, primarily in Odessa and Kilgore, Texas, in about August 2012. During his employment, Snoubar, a U.S. citizen, was subjected to taunts and name calling regarding both his national origin and his Muslim religion, the EEOC said.

He was oftentimes called derogatory names and was accused of being connected with ISIS and terrorism by supervisors and co-workers. Mir Ali, a Muslim co-worker of Indian national origin, was similarly subjected to the aggressive environment.

The two men were made to openly suffer abuses including radio broadcasts of such offensive characterizations that were heard by several underways and former Halliburton employees.

After being continually criticized about their cultural attire, appearance and even claims that their people engaged in bestiality, Snoubar expressed his concerns to management and human resources, but was then fired.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from discriminating based on national origin and religion. The EEOC filed its lawsuit after first trying to reach a pre-litigation agreement through its conciliation procedure in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

By Sowmya Sangam

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