Abdur-Rahim Wasi, a Muslim human services specialist for Sacramento County, alleges that he has been subjected to religious and racial discrimination since September 11, 2001, when America was attacked by terrorists.
Wasi claims he has been called “Osama Bin Laden”, “Al-Quaida”, and “Taliban” by co-workers and has been harassed by colleagues saying that he is a member of radical Islamic groups such as the Taliban.
Wasi has said that he believes the terrorist attacks to be “the mass murder of innocent people” and a “criminal act.” He also said that he had told colleagues that he supported going after the perpetrators of the attack.
He claims that his complaints to the county not only went unresolved, but a program manager mocked him by coming to a county Halloween party with an Arab head covering, and that he has also been denied reasonable requests to accommodate the practice of his faith.
The county denied all of Wasi’s allegations in a written reply, and said that they took reasonable steps to put an end to any harassment.
Read article: The Sacramento Bee, by Brad Branan.