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Orlando UPS employee alleges anti-Arab bias
by Anika Myers Palm
An engineer for UPS in Orlando filed a federal complaint Tuesday, alleging that the company allowed workers to spy on him in a restroom and otherwise harass him because of his Arab background and Muslim faith.
Ashraf Sarandah, a Palestinian-American, claimed he was called derogatory names and denied promotions at UPS because of his faith and ethnicity, though he was not specific. He filed discrimination charges against the parcel delivery company with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Sarandah, 33, said at a news conference with his attorney and the Council on American-Islamic Relations that the harassment has been a steady problem during at least six of the eight years he has been employed by UPS as an industrial engineer and planner.
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