County not giving up after losing discrimination trial

Associated Press

Ann Arbor — Washtenaw County is appealing a nearly $1.2 million verdict in favor of a Muslim man who said he was called a terrorist and repeatedly passed over for promotions.

The verdict was returned in 2014 but it took more than a year to settle post-trial issues in the case of Ali Aboubaker.

Detroit federal Judge Denise Page Hood declined to overturn the result. Washtenaw County now wants her to freeze the case while it appeals the award.

Aboubaker worked for Washtenaw County for 17 years until 2008. The native of Tunisia says he was demoted and bypassed for promotions despite having engineering skills and college degrees.

Aboubaker says the treatment got worse after 9/11. The county denies any bias and says Aboubaker wasn’t qualified to be drain inspector.