Please click the link here to read Michael’s latest essay. The narrative covers a rare sit-down interview with U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle. This is not written in the style of a news piece, but rather in the style of essays published in periodicals.
For Ali Asghar, the bottom line in his appeal is whether his attorney convinced a federal appeals court today that he has enough proof to support his allegations that he was the victim of race discrimination on the job.
Asghar, who is in his 50s, is a Muslim born in Afghanistan who worked for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, a division in the U.S. Treasury Department. In 2006 he filed a lawsuit against the government, claiming he was the victim of race discrimination after Treasury officials and FBI agents questioned him about possible links to terrorism.
The questioning of Asghar occurred after he tried to return to work after a seven-month visit to Afghanistan in 2004. When he tried to use his employee security card to enter the building, he couldn’t get in because his status had been changed.
No charges were filed against Asghar and he returned to work after Thanksgiving in 2004. Continue Reading »