Supreme Court Rejects Discrimination Case by Muslim Immigrant

March 19, 2007 ( - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought by a Muslim immigrant from Afghanistan who claimed his work environment at Jordan's Meats Inc. in Maine turned more hostile after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and that his dismissal was discriminatory.

The Associated Press reports that, though a jury found Abdul Azimi did suffer workplace harassment, the 1 st  U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Azimi’s request for compensation, saying he failed to present any evidence of costs he incurred for medical psychological treatment or any lost wages as a result of the abuse.

Azimi asked justices to consider whether the U.S. District judge in the case erred in dismissing his claim that his discharge from the company was discriminatory and whether the judge erred by refusing to allow jury instructions on consideration of punitive damages where the jury returned no compensatory damages.

The case is Azimi v. Jordan’s Meats, 06-916.