Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. has agreed to pay $275,000 to settle a national origin and religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Houston-based Halliburton, one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry with over 55,000 employees, subjected two oilfield workers to national origin and religious discrimination. The EEOC’s suit also alleged that Halliburton unlawfully retaliated against one of the employees by firing him for reporting the mistreatment.
According to the EEOC’s suit, Hassan Snoubar, of Syrian national origin, began working for Halliburton as an operator assistant oil field worker in approximately August 2012. During his employment, Snoubar, a U.S. citizen, was subjected to taunts and name calling regarding both his national origin and his Muslim religion. According to the suit, he was frequently called derogatory names and was accused of being associated with ISIS and terrorism by supervisors and co-workers. Mir Ali, a Muslim co-worker of Indian national origin, was similarly subjected to the hostile environment. The EEOC said that the two men were made to openly suffer insults including radio broadcasts of the offensive characterizations.
After being continually criticized about cultural attire and his appearance, Snoubar expressed his concerns to management and human resources, and was then fired as retaliation.