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Troy worker says time off for religion led to demotion
by Candice Williams
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against a healthcare technology management organization after a Muslim employee said he was demoted after requesting time off for an Islamic holiday.
The federal lawsuit filed Monday claims Indiana-based TriMedx, which has an office in Troy, discriminated against Abdelrahman Yasser Hassane, a biomedical technician, by demoting him to a low-level inventory job after he asked permission to celebrate for two weeks in Egypt the Eid al-Fitr holiday in accordance with his Islamic faith.
Hassane, who lives in Wayne County, was classified as a Tech Plus One employee in a fully benefited training program and was entitled to vacation time under the company's policy, according to the lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit.
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