Man fired over religious beard wins court fight

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm •  Published: October 10, 2013
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"I truly hope that my case shows millions of American Muslims when they stand up whether it's at work or school, that they will win," Omar said. "I stood up and I won. I want my case to serve as an example."

Born in Yemen, Omar said he immigrated to the United States when he was 10.

"I grew up in this country, I've been living here all of my life. Just like everybody else, I'm an American," he said.

The default judgment says that more than $50,000 of the $66,000 award is for attorney fees, while most of the rest goes to Omar, who said he was unemployed for nine months after being dismissed by American Patriot.

Omar sued the security firm with the help of the Washington chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations.

"Religious freedom is the law of the land," said Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Washington state CAIR office. "I think religious freedom is what makes American unique and we have very clear laws that states employers, schools must accommodate religious observances."