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August 26, 2006

EEOC sues NCL

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against Norwegian Cruise Line in U.S. District Court in Honolulu on behalf of seven men of Middle Eastern or Yemeni descent. All are Muslims.

The seven say that the cruise line violated their civil rights by firing them because of their origin and faith.

The Washington Post report on the case quotes Anna Park, an attorney at EEOC in Los Angeles,as saying the workers were fired because they were deemed a security risk.

Parksaid the EEOC had investigated the matter in the past two years, and the suit was filed because it could not reach a resolution with NCL.

"We are in the discovery phase of the law suit right now. NCL has not been served the papers yet," Parks is quoted as saying.

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