NEW ORLEANS – Two Muslim men allege they were not hired for positions at a university because of their race, ethnicity and national origin.

Zakaria Abdelmageed and Habiburrahman Ansari filed a complaint on Jan. 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the board of supervisors of the Southern University System alleging violation of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that Zakaria Abdelmageed and Habiburrahman Ansari were denied the position they were applying for and instead applicants with less experience and qualifications were accepted. The plaintiffs holds board of supervisors of the Southern University System responsible because the defendant allegedly denied them reasonable and fair chance to obtain employment on the account of their ethnicity and religion.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek compensatory damages, injunctive relief, award for attorney's fees costs and such other just and proper relief. They are represented by Dale E. Williams of Law Office of Dale Edward Williams in Covington.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-00516

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