“The car engine will explode or have trouble and he’d go ‘oh you blew it, you Arabs always like to blow things up,’” said alleged hate crime victim Nimer. Muse. “In the past he had joked about feeding me bacon bites.”
Nimer Musa said these were just a few examples of the repeated hate behavior allegedly spewed out by her former manager at work.
In an exclusive Eyewitness News interview, the auto technician at a Subaru service center in Union, New Jersey, said it was just the beginning.
He said one day after he filed a complaint with HR, his manager was fired.
However, the manager reportedly returned to his workplace last month, a few days after he was fired, to collect his personal belongings.
It was then that Musa said she had found bacon tucked into the pockets of her work shirt, pants, and boots.
“The bacon fell out of my work shirt,” he said.
Musa is a Muslim and is forbidden to consume pork.
“I’ve never been the same since that bacon, actually,” Musa said. “I didn’t sleep well. I threw up. Only because unfortunately I had to touch it. At first I didn’t know what it was. I went through my pockets and oil all over the place.”
The Union Police Department is investigating this as an injury incident.
The Council on American Islamic Relations released a statement:
“This alleged harassment and intimidation of prejudice is reprehensible and should never be tolerated. We commend Subaru for taking action against the bigoted employee. We thank the Union Police Department for initiating an investigation.”
Musa was born and raised in this country. He first faced hatred when he was only about 5 years old. He remembers it like it was yesterday.
“Right after 9/11 my father had a client who came, he works in a car rental company, he came to collect his rental,” he said. “My father is nothing but nice, polite, he tried to help the client. The client told him to go back to his country.”
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