Four Arab-Americans Claim Discrimination in Suit Against FedEx

July 17, 2007

Source: Boston Herald

Wire Service: AP

BOSTON - Four Arab-American men claim in a lawsuit filed against FedEx Corp. that their supervisors subjected them to religious and ethnic slurs, called them terrorists and gave them less lucrative delivery routes.

"They all came to this country because they wanted a better life for their families, and this is what they got," said Shannon Liss-Riordan, a lawyer representing the men.

FedEx spokesman Maury Lane, while refusing to comment on the specific allegations in the lawsuit, said the company does not tolerate discriminatory behavior.

FedEx has argued that the plaintiffs, who worked for the company’s ground package division in Wilmington, were independent contractors and ineligible for protection under state antidiscrimination laws.