- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

BATH, Maine (AP) - A lawsuit filed by a Bath Iron Works designer claiming he was the victim of racial discrimination by fellow workers at the shipyard has been settled.

The suit alleges that Husam Abed was singled out because of his Palestinian ethnicity and Muslim faith. Details of the settlement were not disclosed. But the Portland resident was seeking $75,000.

Abed says the actions against him reflected “the anti-Muslim culture at BIW.” He says examples of this included co-workers spitting on and defacing an Afghan flag, as well as hate speech directed toward Abed against the prophet Mohammed.

Abed worked at the shipyard from 2007 until he resigned last year due to emotional distress.

BIW spokesman Matt Wickenheiser says the shipyard isn’t commenting on the case.


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