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Video: Muslim Waiter Says Bias Worsened After Osama Death (CAIR-NY)

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Uploaded on May 5, 2011

Mohamed Kotbi is a banquet waiter at the Waldorf Astoria. The 29-year employee says work was going fine until September 13, 2001 when his boss changed his name tag from Mohamed to "John" for a company's 9/11 memorial gathering. Kotbi was told his name was scaring guests away.

Kotbi claims that name change stayed for years and his multiple visits to human resources did nothing to fix his work environment -- an environment that he claims becomes discriminatory whenever there's news of Iraq, Afghanistan, or terrorism.

Bin Laden's death was no exception, he alleges. After the death of the most wanted terrorist, Kotbi claims co-workers taunted him by saying, "Oh they killed your brother." He filed a bias lawsuit against the Waldorf Astoria, alleging the hotel fostered a hostile work environment, on Friday.

The hotel tells NBC New York it categorically denies all of Kotbi's charges.

Kotbi's complaints of increased intolerance since bin Laden's death aren't unique. Cyrus McGoldrick, who works at the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), says CAIR has received a multitude of complaints since Sunday night about alleged anti-Muslim bullying at local schools.

One of the cases involved a 9-year-old at a Westchester Elementary School.

The boy's mother says her son has been bullied in the past about being Muslim, but the most recent incident this week where another child mimicked a gun with his hands and pointed it at the third grader while exclaiming, "Oh shoot him", was the worst case yet.

That mother says she is working with the school to address the bullying.

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