Friday, July 19, 2013

Court Dismisses Suit Alleging Dearborn Teachers Were Discriminated Against Because They Were Not Muslim

In Purcell v. Fadlallah, (ED MI, July 17, 2013), a Michigan federal district court dismissed a lawsuit that had been brought by two teachers who claimed they suffered discrimination in the Dearborn, Michigan schools because they were neither Muslim nor Arab.  The court said in part:
This case began with highly alarming allegations of gross misconduct and nearly unimaginable religious intolerance manifested, most shockingly, by the highest-ranking officials in a public school. If it were true that a public school was being transformed into a religiously restricted, unconstitutionally discriminatory environment, and that objecting employees were made to suffer for their opposition to it, such information should have been proved up and substantial penalties imposed upon the responsible parties. With the complaint, the fuse to this explosive case was lit. But it eventually fizzled out in the absence of evidence, or perhaps in the wake of inattention-the court knows not which.....