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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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18. Tariq, a Christian Arab, works at a computer store. When a supervisor isn’t around, his co-workers call him a terrorist and accuse him of being related to Osama bin Laden. They also make negative comments about Muslims because they think Tariq is Muslim. Is Tariq a victim of discrimination?

  1. No. Tariq is not a victim of discrimination because his employer has not made any negative decisions about his job, such as firing or demoting him or reducing his pay.
  2. Yes. Tariq is being harassed by his co-workers because he is Arab, which is illegal under federal law. The computer store may be held responsible for his co-workers’ harassment if it knew about the harassment and did nothing to stop it.
  3. No. Tariq is not a victim of discrimination because his co-workers’ comments target Muslims and Tariq is Christian.
  4. No. Tariq is not a victim of discrimination because only his co-workers, and not his supervisors, have harassed him.