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Mr Luke claims that boss Osman Mahmud asked him to remove female staff from projects and replace them with men, and once told staff: ‘Whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell’

Gender apartheid – consistent again with Islamic text, teaching and culture.

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Matthew Luke

‘Israel supporters should die a fiery death’: Vice president of Al Jazeera America sued for $15million over ‘repeated anti-Semitic, sexist and anti-American remarks’ Daily Mail, April 30, 2015

Matthew Luke began working for Al Jazeera in New York in early 2013
Says Osman Mahmud was promoted above him despite lack of experience
Claims Mahmud then asked him to replace women on projects with men
Also tried to have Israeli cameraman replaced with Palestinian, he says
Mr Luke says he was fired after complaining about Mahmud’s behavior

A sacked employee of Al Jazeera in New York is suing his former boss over claims he made misogynistic, anti-Semitic and anti-American comments in the newsroom.

Matthew Luke, who began working at Al Jazeera America in 2013 before its U.S. launch, is alleging that he was fired after complaining about the behaviour of senior employee Osman Mahmud.

In a complaint filed at the Manhattan Supreme Court, Mr Luke alleges that Mahmud once told staff: ‘Whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell.’

Mr Luke also claims he was forced to remove women from meetings and email messages that were relevant to them, and replace them with men.

Matthew Luke, a former employee for Al Jazeera America (pictured), is suing the company for $15million alleging he was fired after complaining about his boss's sexist, anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks

Mr Luke claims that boss Osman Mahmud asked him to remove female staff from projects and replace them with men, and once told staff: 'Whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell'

Mr Luke claims that boss Osman Mahmud asked him to remove female staff from projects and replace them with men, and once told staff: ‘Whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell’

In another incident, he says Mahmud also ordered that an experienced Israeli cameraman should be removed from a project and replaced with a Palestinian who had ‘questionable’ qualifications.

Mr Luke is claiming a total of $15million in damages, $5million in compensation for his dismissal, and $10million in punitive damages.

American-born Mr Luke says Mahmud was first hired by the new channel in early 2013 as a news editor, but was quickly promoted to senior vice president of broadcast operations and technology.

He said this move was despite Mahmud’s ‘lack of experience’, and was instead because he had the right ‘religion, nationality and ties’ to seniors in Al Jazeera, according to the New York Daily News.

Specifically, court papers site his connection as Dr. Mostefa Souag, who is currently Acting Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network and Managing Director of Al Jazeera News Channel.

Mahmud’s new role meant he became Mr Luke’s boss, and Mr Luke alleges that in his first day on the job Mahmud ordered him to remove two women from an email chain for a project he was working on.

According to court papers, Mahmud also ordered Mr Luke to bypass a senior female editor, and bring any questions on the editing process to him instead.

In November 2014, Mahmud allegedly ‘took it upon himself’ to fire an editor working on the Al Jazeera America program ‘America Tonight’, reports the Wall Street Journal.

When a female senior executive complained that she had not been consulted about the move, Mahmud became aggressive and then dismissive of her, despite her outranking him.

When another female senior executive complained about Mamhud’s decision to replace an ISraeli cameraman, he again dismissed and patronized her, it is alleged.

The woman was then  demoted to a ‘significantly less prestigious position that did not require her to use her impressive and substantive experience and skill set.’

In papers filed at Manhattan Supreme Court (pictured), Mr Luke alleges that Mahmud spent months replacing an experienced Israeli cameraman with a Palestinian man whose qualifications were 'questionable'

Mr Luke's lawyers say that when he complained, instead of disciplining Al Jazeera, the company's reaction was to 'circle the wagons' and fire Mr Luke instead

Mr Luke’s lawyers say that when he complained, instead of disciplining Al Jazeera, the company’s reaction was to ‘circle the wagons’ and fire Mr Luke instead

Mr claims that after he complained to HR about Mahmud’s behavior, his boss filed a complaint back about a disagreement they’d had the previous year.

Shortly afterwards Mr Luke noticed Mahmud was on his computer, looking at a letter of acceptance from another man for his job.

Within ten days of his first complaint, Mr Luke says he was suspended and then fired.

Luke’s lawyer, Jeffrey Kimmel, said: ‘Luke was an exemplary and loyal employee at Al Jazeera, but when he reported the biased and discriminatory conduct of a high-level newsroom executive, the response was to circle the wagons and fire the messenger.’

‘This is a clear violation of the law. One would expect more from an organization whose mission statement is “to be recognized as the world’s leading and most trusted media network.”‘

A spokesman for Al Jazeera said: ‘Al Jazeera America does not comment on pending litigation.

 

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