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Wigdor LLP Represents Victim Of Alleged Anti-Muslim Bias In Wrongful Termination Case Against UnitedHealth Group

Wigdor LLP represents former Regional Marketing Director Wali Omarkheil in connection with claims of race, religion and ethnicity discrimination and retaliation in violation of Federal, New York State and New York City anti-discrimination laws against UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (“UnitedHealth”).  UnitedHealth is the largest provider of health insurance in the United States.

On May 4, 2019, HuffPost published a feature story chronicling the alleged discrimination and retaliation Mr. Omarkheil faced while employed at UnitedHealth.

Mr. Omarkheil alleges that in early 2018, after 12 years of superb performance at UnitedHealth, Mr. Omarkheil was assigned a new direct supervisor who subjected him to a campaign of unlawful discrimination and harassment on the basis of his Muslim faith.  For example, when Mr. Omarkheil met with his new supervisor for their first one-on-one meeting, she allegedly told him, “I am a Christian and I take my religion very seriously.  I know you are a Muslim, and I will do my best to try to treat you right.”

As alleged, this supervisor discriminated against and harassed Mr. Omarkheil by repeatedly calling him throughout the day, and particularly during times that she knew he was attending prayers.  Mr. Omarkheil’s supervisor also allegedly refused to accommodate him while he observed Ramadan.  Mr. Omarkheil also alleges that his supervisor would make inappropriate comments that showed a bias against Muslim individuals, including, but not limited to, telling Mr. Omarkheil that he was “hanging out with the Muslim-Arab Community way too much.”

Mr. Omarkheil alleges he reported the discrimination to UnitedHealth’s Human Resources department, but no action was taken to remedy the unlawful treatment.  Instead, the Company terminated Mr. Omarkheil just two months after he first went to HR, as alleged.

Mr. Omarkheil is represented by Wigdor LLP Partner Lawrence M. Pearson and Associate Hilary J. Orzick.

Read the Full Complaint Here

“Muslim Man Was Fired When He Spoke Up About Mistreatment By His Boss”
May 4, 2019
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