Ex-bus mechanic of Iraqi descent awarded $450K

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has awarded $450,000 to a former suburban Detroit bus system employee of Iraqi descent who claimed a co-worker made ethnic slurs against him.

The Detroit Free Press reports Saturday the commission also ordered the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation to stop discriminating against employees. The award follows the commission's order in October finding the bus system was liable in the case of Mazyn Barash.

The now 55-year-old Barash, who left SMART in 2004, said Friday he's relieved but upset it took so long. He says threats and slurs started after 2001's terrorist attacks and intensified near the start of the Iraq war in 2003.

The bus system's attorneys strongly contested the former bus mechanic's complaints. The system has 30 days to appeal.

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