A former employee of Al Jazeera America is suing the network alleging he was wrongfully sacked after he had complained about anti-Semitic and sexist behaviour displayed by a senior executive of the media organisation.
Matthew Luke, who submitted the lawsuit on Tuesday, started working for Al Jazeera America in 2013 in New York City as the network’s supervisor of media and archive management. His complaint alleges that senior executive Osman Mahmud, who supervised him, used to take discriminatory actions against the company’s female employees. Mahmud was also said to have exhibited anti-Semitic behaviour when he desired to replace an Israeli cameraman with a Palestinian, the Washington Post reported.
“As an employee at AJAM, Mr. Mahmud’s discriminatory conduct included, but was not limited to, removing female employees from projects to which they had been previously assigned by other management level employees, excluding women from emails and meetings relevant to their assignments, and making discriminatory, anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks such as ‘whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell,’” the Post reported, citing the lawsuit.
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