Easa Shadeh was a sales manager at Glenn Buick GMC-Trucks in Louisville Kentucky; he says a co-worker came in dressed in a turban and wearing a "fake-bomb," and said that Shadeh's "people" were responsible for the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Shadeh, a U.S. citizen who lives in Lexington, Kentucky, said in a statement that the co-worker failed to realize that "my people are also his people: Americans."
"My grandfather served in World War I and I've lived in this country my entire life," Shadeh said.
The stunt in late April 2013 occurred in front of multiple employees and managers at the dealership, according to the federal lawsuit, filed recently in U.S. District Court in Lexington.
The suit names Glenn Buick-GMC Trucks as the defendant.
Shadeh later was fired from his job as sales manager, the suit said. The co-worker was transferred to another building after the stunt, but transferred back soon after Shadeh was let go, it said.
The suit seeks back pay along with unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
Tragedies like the Boston Marathon Bombing tend to bring out the worst when it comes to racist and bigoted people. However, what I find most disturbing about this story is that it seems that Glenn Buick GMC did not want to take the appropriate action to deal with the highly-illegal behavior of one of their employees and just took the easy way out and fired Shadeh.