The employee, Toufic Hamdan, who worked at a Cleveland Kia dealership run by the Lorain-based company, was called “Habeeb,” and references were made to him “flying a magic carpet,” a news release from the EEOC said.
Hamdan, who is member of the Druze sect of Islam, also was subjected to inappropriate drawings in the company’s conference room and had to endure offensive remarks about his religion, according to the news release.
But Tony Giardini, Spitzer’s attorney, said Hamdan and several other employees who had filed complaints with the EEOC — most of which were dismissed — were looking to make a buck off the company.
Although the EEOC said Hamdan, who joined the company in 2005, quit because of the harassment, Giardini said he was actually fired after getting into a shouting match with a supervisor on the sales floor.
“It was heated enough and out there enough that he was fired,” Giardini said.
Another lawsuit, filed in 2006 by the EEOC against Spitzer, accuses the company of harassing workers from Africa and
That lawsuit is also unjustified, Giardini said. “We haven’t paid any money to anybody, and we don’t intend to,” he said.
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