11 September 2008
Cash settlement for Muslim in work discrimination case
A Muslim IT programmer has received a payout after agreeing to an out-of-court settlement over a discrimination claim.
The Evening Standard reported how Omar Fikri, 42, of Kent, is believed to have received £20,000 in the settlement.
Mr Fikri told a tribunal that colleagues had given him a card on his 40th birthday telling him he was "too old to be a terrorist".
He also said that they had called his daily prayer "disgusting".
Mr Fikri, who agreed to the settlement on the first day of the case, told the hearing: "I don't mind some jokes about terrorism, but there are limits."
In related news, the Republican Party Convention in Minnesota last month was attacked for allegedly involving Islamophobic rhetoric.
Al-Jazeera reported comments from former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who said that the Democrats were "afraid to use the words 'Islamic terrorism'".
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was also reported to have said: "Radical violent Islam is evil and he [John McCain] will defeat it."