FedEx Driver Fired For Accent: Ismail Aliyez To Sue Shipping Company Over Dismissal

By Ian Kar on November 29, 2012 12:03 AM EST

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Was a FedEx driver fired because of his accent? (Photo: Wikipedia)

Ismail Aliyez, a FedEx driver thinks he was fired because of his accent, and has decided to file a suit against the shipping company.

Aliyez has a Russian accent, and thinks thats the reason he was fired from his job as a FedEx driver and has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit in US District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Aliyez was actually employed by GNB Trucking Co. and has filed charges against them as well. He said that FedEx ordered his dismissal from the company, and wasn't even allowed to speak to the manager that fired him in person. GNB is a small business that owns and operates FedEx-branded trucks and provides drives for FedEx as well.

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The Examiner writes that an Iowa weigh station warned GNB over Aliyez's Russian accent, but wasn't given a citation. One of the requirements for a commercial driver's license is the ability to speak English, though it doesn't say whether an accent is illegal.

Aliyez said, "I think for a driver, my English is not too bad." Aliyez's lawyer, Robert H. Wilde said, "GNB said he was an excellent employee and would like to keep him, but it was instructed by FedEx to terminate him." According to the lawyer, Aliyez's English is understandable, even with an accent.

Aliyez and his family came to the US in 2005 from Russia to start over. As Turks living in Russia, the family was forced to flee their country, and arrived in Utah as political refugees. However, the American dream Ismail Aliyez and his family became a nightmare for them when they faced this reported discrimination.

Stay tuned for more news on this heartbreaking story.

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