Apple Had Muslim-Scarf Problem, Family Says

     BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CN) — The latest hijab-discrimination lawsuit comes from a New Yorker who says Apple turned him and his iPhone away when they got a look at his daughter in “a traditional Muslim headdress.”
     It all went down on Dec. 20, 2010, at the Staten Island Mall, according to the complaint in Kings County Supreme Court.
     Elsayad Sobhi says he took his iPhone in for service, and was being helped, when his hijab-wearing daughter, Norhan, walked in.
     “Upon visual identification of the plaintiff-daughter, the defendant’s employee stopped servicing the plaintiff-father’s phone, and refused to provide services to the plaintiff-father and plaintiff-daughter,” the Sept. 13 complaint states.
     Norhan is over 18 now but was a minor at the time of the incident, according to the complaint.
     The Sobhis say Apple employees next started making threats and detained them at the store “for undisclosed reasons.”
     Demanding $10 million in damages, the Sobhis allege religious discrimination, negligence and false imprisonment. Court records show that the pair sued Apple in the same court in 2013.
     They are represented by Theodore Alatsas of Brooklyn in the new case.
     Apple has not returned a request for comment.

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