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Former SMART employee's lawsuit battle drags on after 10 years

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(WJBK) - The case was originally about workplace discrimination.
 
Now it's dragged on for more than a decade despite the case appearing to be one that the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation can't win.

Your taxes pay to keep SMART buses running.

But for more than a decade this company has been fighting one of its own longtime employees, Mazyn Mike Barash. The 57-year-old is Chaldean, a Christian who fled Iraq with his family when he was just 9-years-old. He loves this country.

"Going through what we went though, watching my dad get beat up in Iraq it was just so violent," he said. "We came here we were like whew."

He became a bus mechanic at SMART for 17 years - but the nightmare at work for this family man and union member began almost immediately following the nation's nightmare of 9/11.

 "I go to work and my timecard has a picture of Mohamed Atta stapled to it," he said.

Atta was one of the 9/11 terrorists.

"You're talking about putting a stake in someone's heart," he said. "That's what that was."

And that was just the start. For more including what the Department of Civil Rights had to say, click the video for the full report.

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