Tampa man says PricewaterhouseCoopers discriminated against him for his Arab/Muslim background

08/17/11 Sean Kinane
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Our guest today was Issam Azziz. He is suing the auditing company PricewaterhouseCoopers for employment discrimination. He was fired in July 2009 from his position as senior audit manager in their Tampa office. Azziz says he was let go because he is an Arab, a Muslim, and was critical of PricewaterhouseCooper’s diversity hiring practices. He sued last week in U.S. District Court and wants his job back, plus back pay, and compensation for emotional suffering and humiliation. Our other guest was Azziz’s attorney, Peter Helwig.

We invited PricewaterhouseCoopers to be on the show but they declined. I spoke with Caroline Nolan, in their Office of the General Counsel. She said that the Florida Commission on Human Relations determined there was “no cause” for the discrimination complaint in December of 2010 and in May 2011.

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