There is still a lot of paranoia over Muslims in America since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center Towers. Even with Osama bin Laden out of the way, there is fear that there will be a fierce retaliation. In one of Manhattan’s top hotels, the fear had grown so much that the management asked one of its wait staff to change his Muslim name to a more American sounding name, so guests would not be afraid to dine there.
But Mohamed Kotbi, an Arab banquet waiter at the famous Waldorf Astoria won’t rest until he gets the justice he’s been seeking for many years. He was asked to change his name on his name tag to “John”, so guests would not feel afraid after the attack. According to the New York Post, Kotbi said he was first asked to change his name on September 13, 2001, two days after the attack on the towers.
Kotbi has been working at the hotel nearly 27 years. He had been to Human Resources many times about the name change and harassment, which he says has worsened since bin Laden’s death. He’s suing the famous hotel for “religious and racial discrimination.” In addition to the name tag, he has been harassed and “tormented” by co-workers.
Read more on his case here.