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Islamic woman who wouldn't shake male boss' hand sues for $1 million after firing
by Aimee Green
A woman of Islamic faith who was hired as a case manager at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has filed a $1 million lawsuit against her former employer -- claiming she was fired after she refused to shake the hand of a male boss, wore a head scarf on the job and asked for time to pray during the work day.
Sharmin Rahman's lawsuit states that after starting her job on Dec. 1, 2014, she met a senior director, Royce Bowline. When Bowline tried to shake Rahman's hand, Rahman declined by explaining that her faith prohibited her from shaking the hands of men, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
The suit claims that afterward, a female employee, Bethany Kuhn, questioned her about it, allegedly saying, "I was told that you did not shake Royce's hand. Did you know that he is our boss?"
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