San Francisco Jury Finds Andrews International Illegally and Maliciously Called Plaintiff a G-D Terr
SAN FRANCISCO , CA–January 23, 2012. A San Francisco Jury found Andrews International liable for Religious Discrimination, Failure to Investigate Illegal Discrimination, Malice and Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy based on Religion, Race and National Origin.
The Plaintiff, Abas Idris, is a Muslim American of Eritrean Ancestry born in Saudi Arabia. He was hired in 2007 to guard the Letterman Digital Art Center in San Francisco’s Presidio. As a security officer at Andrews international he was accused of being a “G-D Terrorist, you can’t trust Al Qaeda”. He was asked by his superior, “Are you a Muslim?” When he responded “yes” his superior went on a tirade about how “Muslims kill all people”. When he complained he was called a “rat with an agenda”. Defendant Andrews International Vice President ratified the illegal acts with malice, the jury found. The Jury awarded the Plaintiff Abas Idris $65.460 thousand dollars in past and future wages and $400.000 in punitive damages, plus attorney fees and costs. The trial lasted 6 weeks in Judge A. James Robertson II’s courtroom, San Francisco Superior.
Plaintiff’s attorney, Angela Alioto, was elated with the result. “This is an historic verdict for all religions, especially for Islam, being called a terrorist and a murderer because of one’s religion is outrageous and totally unacceptable in the United States of America, and that’s what this jury said loud and clear”.
The defendants were represented by Ms. Evelina Serafini, and Madonna Herman of Manning and Kass, San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.