Workers' suit against FedEx claims religious, ethnic slurs

BOSTON (AP) - Four Arab-American men claim in a lawsuit filed against FedEx Corporation that their supervisors subjected them to religious and ethnic slurs, called them terrorists and gave them less lucrative delivery routes.

FedEx spokesman Maury Lane didn't comment on the specific allegations in the lawsuit filed last month in Massachusetts, but said the company does not tolerate discriminatory behavior.

The lawsuit claims Loay el-Dagany, originally from Kuwait; Montaser Foad Harara, who is of Palestinian descent; Oukhayi Ibrahim of Morocco; and Yasir Sati from Sudan, experienced a "pervasive hostile work environment and have been treated differently and less favorably than non-Arab, non-Muslim drivers."

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination ruled in March that the employees' complaints were valid, clearing the way for the drivers to pursue their case.

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