Iranian-born scientist sues University of Alabama at Birmingham, alleges discrimination

"Our country does not need your kind," Fariba Moeinpour said she was told.
By: | October 7, 2021

An Iranian-born research scientist alleges that a former University of Alabama at Birmingham co-worker harassed her for nine years because of her ethnicity and even threatened her with a pistol but that the school failed to stop the abuse even after she repeatedly complained.

The woman, Fariba Moeinpour, said in a federal discrimination lawsuit filed in the Northern District of Alabama that Mary Jo Cagle, a data analyst at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, or UAB, taunted her for having a “weird ass” name, called her a “b—-” and told her repeatedly to “go back to Iran.”

“Our country does not need your kind,” Cagle said, the lawsuit alleged.

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