In a lawsuit filed today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) joins Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR-Chicago (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations) charging Rizza Cadillac of violating federal law by creating a hostile work environment for three Arab Muslim employees.
CAIR-Chicago In the lawsuit, the EEOC alleges that Adam Adawy, Medhat Adawy, and Mohammed El-Hajjami were subjected to harassment from managers at the Rizza Cadillac dealership from January 2007 through November 2009. The harassment included the regular use of offensive slurs, including “terrorist,” “sand n****r,” and “Hezbollah,” as well as mocking and insulting references to the Qur’an and the manner in which Muslims pray.
All three employees experienced the extremely offensive harassment primarily from George Benzing, the former Finance Manager who was promoted to General Manager in 2009. According to the employees, both Joe Rizza and Tony Rizza were fully aware of Benzing’s harassing treatment, but they elected to promote him rather than take appropriate action.
The EEOC’s lawsuit entitles the employees to intervene with their own individual claims against Rizza Cadillac. Kevin Vodak, Litigation Director at CAIR-Chicago, who has been representing the three employees, intends to file these additional claims, which include unlawful discharge for each of the employees.
Medhat Adawy worked at the Rizza dealerships for approximately 20 years, including as a Sales Manager beginning in 1999. Medhat alleges that Joe Rizza would transfer him to another dealership or terminate his employment whenever Joe Rizza took over the management of a dealership at which he was working. According to another manager, Joe Rizza expressed that he did not want any Arab Muslim managers working at the dealerships he directly managed.
“The repeated use of ‘Islamophobic’ and racist (what ‘race’ is Islam?) terms directed against Muslim employees was deplorable in this case, and we commend the EEOC for filing suit,” said Vodak. “The allegations reveal a sanctioned denigration of Arab Muslims.”