Mohammad Muktadir’s sexual harassment suit against the owners of Bevacco took a strange twist recently reports the NY Daily News. According to the paper, Federal Judge Frederic Block who is “notorious for shooting from the lip” told a colleague that he was currently working on a “stupid little trial.” That comment was heard by one of the juror’s and the judge admitted to making the “faux pas.”
NYDN: Muktadir claimed he was sexually harassed by a male chef and called a “smelly Bangladeshi bum” by co-workers when he was employed there in 2011. He also complained that the “family meal” prepared for employees contained sliced ham and pancetta, which he couldn’t eat because he’s Muslim, and the chef refused to accommodate his religious diet.
Juror No. 2 was brought into the courtroom, confirmed he had overheard Block and was excused. He had not mentioned the comment to the other jurors.
The remaining jurors took 15 minutes to deliberate and threw out the case without giving Muktadir a penny.
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