Former Disney employee, Abderrahmane Sebti, has filed a lawsuit against the company alleging discrimination because of his Moroccan nationality.
Sebti was a Cast Member at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort until 2014, when he was terminated. He had been an employee of Disney since 1989. He is seeking over $75,000 in the suit he filed last week in the U.S. District Court’s Orlando division against his former employer.
The suit accuses Disney of violating Sebti civil rights and creating a hostile working environment. Sebti states he was prevented from praying during his Ramadan fast. He also states he was passed up for promotions.
An incident that was reported to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office where he complained he found a noose at work is also included in the filing. In 2012, Sebti reported finding minor scratches on his car and later what appearned to be a noose made out of green duct tape on his office chair. “ … He feels the noose was a sign telling to go ‘hang himself’ and feels that his is being threatened,” the sheriff’s January 2013 incident report said.
It was later determined that the incident was “unfounded” according to the sheriff’s office, meaning that the investigating detective found no truth to the allegations or there was no proof a crime was committed. No arrests were made, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.
While Sebti’s attorney, Jay Romano, declined to comment, Disney said in a statement, “We have not been formally served with the complaint and will respond as appropriate in court.”
Prior to his termination Sebti was a premium and special events coordinator at the ESPN complex. He is seeking damages for lost wages, damages to his professional reputation and mental distress according to documents filed with the court.
Source: Orlando Sentinel
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