Source: Chicago Sun-Times
On August 25, 2004 the Chicago Sun-Times reported that, "Belal Degedeh, who is of Jordanian and Palestinian origin, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging he was discriminated against for his ancestry and religion... Degedeh worked for Sears Logistics Services Inc. as a merchandise distributor. He claims as he unloaded trucks at a receiving dock, co-workers asked him if he was going to blow up the building and whether he had a bomb... He claims the harassment happened in late 2003, and after he complained of the harassment he started getting poor work assignments and once was sent home without pay. Degedeh is suing for emotional distress, inconvenience, lost wages and lost benefits."