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Woman sues Costco alleging employer ignored discrimination, harassment

A Muslim American woman has filed a lawsuit against Costco alleging that management ignored the discrimination and harassment she endured.

According to The Detroit News, 44-year-old Wafa Aziz worked for Costco at the Haggerty location in Livonia, Michigan near Detroit since November 2018. Aziz said the general manager appeared to be prejudiced against her, making comments about keeping Aziz around for minority numbers and ignoring Aziz when she greeted her.

Aziz said that her manager mocked her for wearing a hijab, claiming Aziz couldn’t hear while she wore it. The manager also allegedly falsified documents to discipline and suspend Aziz.

When Aziz asked higher-ups to investigate, she claims her requests were ignored.

“Costco deliberately and negligently ignored my pleas for help,” Aziz said, according to Detroit Free Press. “I asked for them to privately investigate, but instead they used tactics that deliberately delayed the investigation 71 business days while they created more false allegations to cover their discrimination.”

On Thursday, Aziz filed a complaint against Costco with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

“We’re living in America, where we have laws that protect citizens from this type of discrimination, but it’s still going on,” Aziz told The Detroit News. “At a corporation like Costco, that should not be OK. … They should be held accountable for that.”

Aziz now works at a different Costco location. The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.

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