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Utah mechanic who converted to Islam sues car dealership for religious discrimination

Allan Goodson, a Utah mechanic who converted to Islam, sued his former employer for religious discrimination

A mechanic who converted to Islam is suing his former employer claiming he was relentlessly mocked by his coworkers, who referred to him and other people who practiced the religion as ‘sand n*****s’, and said he will ‘marry a five-year-old girl’ and ‘start blowing up innocent people’.   

Allan Goodson also claimed Bradshaw Chevrolet Company in Cedar City, Utah, denied him short prayer breaks and fired him twice within days of filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to a federal lawsuit. 

‘When Goodson was terminated the second time, (Service Director Richard) Batt, who was in the room, mocked Goodson by waving his middle finger at him and winking at him,’ the lawsuit alleges.  

The legal action was filed on Monday by the Washington DC-based Council on American-Islamic Relations on behalf of Goodson.  

Bradshaw Chevrolet Company in Utah was sued by Goodson for religious discrimination

Bradshaw Chevrolet Company in Utah was sued by Goodson for religious discrimination

'They were constantly talking about Muslims being terrorists, Muslims beheading people,' Goodson is pictured here telling FOX 13. 'Any time that a customer would come through the shop that basically wasn't a white man, these are the types of comments that would be getting made'

‘They were constantly talking about Muslims being terrorists, Muslims beheading people,’ Goodson is pictured here telling FOX 13. ‘Any time that a customer would come through the shop that basically wasn’t a white man, these are the types of comments that would be getting made’

Goodson was Christian when he was hired in August 2019 and converted to Islam in October 2019. 

As a practicing Muslim, he’s required to pray five times a daily, of which two fell during Goodson’s shift. One of his breaks he took during his lunch. 

His supervisors allegedly denied his request to take a five-to-10 minute-break to pray and prevented him from attending an hourlong prayer service on Fridays, according to the lawsuit.  

On top of that, his colleagues allegedly harassed him for months with racist insults, calling him a ‘terrorist’ and saying he ‘betrayed [his] race (white) because Islam is a non-white religion,’ the lawsuit says. 

‘They were constantly talking about Muslims being terrorists, Muslims beheading people,’ Goodson told FOX 13. ‘Any time that a customer would come through the shop that basically wasn’t a white man, these are the types of comments that would be getting made.’ 

Batt, who was one of Goodson’s supervisors, allegedly told Goodson, ‘The darker your skin color, the more evil you are.’

These are a few excerpts from the federal lawsuit against the Utah-based Bradshaw Chevrolet Company

These are a few excerpts from the federal lawsuit against the Utah-based Bradshaw Chevrolet Company

Goodson made an internal complaint in March 2020, which was immediately followed by a drastic reduction in hours, the lawsuit claims. 

After about a month without work, he came back to the ‘same hostile work environment’ in April. 

The alleged harassment continued through May 2020. During one of the interactions with Batt, Goodson claims he asked why Batt berated him so often. 

Batt allegedly responded, ‘My problem with you is that you’re a sand n***** terrorist.’

On May 28, 2020, a coworker saw him filling out an electronic questionnaire with the EEOC. 

Three days later – on June 1 – he was fired. The reason, at first, was for a tire rotation job, according to the lawsuit. 

But later that day, Mark Bradshaw, who owns the dealership, called Goodson to his office to discuss his termination told Goodson he was fired but it wasn’t because of the tire rotation; but because he disrespected a supervisor.   

Then Batt allegedly flipped him off, according to the lawsuit. 

Goodson is is seeking an undetermined amount of money as well as an injunction prohibiting the company from discriminating against employees based on their religion, allowing Muslim workers to take prayer breaks and to attend the hourlong service on Friday, and mandating religious sensitivity training for management. 

DailyMail.com left a message for Bradshaw Chevrolet Company for comment.


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