According to The Daily Caller, Linda Sarsour stands accused of ignoring a serious accusation of sexual assault made by a woman who worked for her. Not only did she dismiss it, but allegedly bullied the victim for accusing a “good Muslim man” of abuse.
Asmi Fathelbab, a former employee at the Arab American Association told DCNF that she was body-shamed, sexually assaulted, and intimidated at the organization. Fathelbab, a Muslim and native New Yorker, started working for AAS as a contractor in 2009. Sarsour was the executive director.
Shortly after she started working for the association, Fathelbab said Majed Seif allegedly began stalking her. “He would sneak up on me during times when no one was around, he would touch me, you could hear me scream at the top of my lungs,” she claimed. “He would pin me against the wall and rub his crotch on me.”
Sarsour Shames Victim
Following several similar incidents of abuse, the youth program leader took her complaint to Sarsour. Fathelbab quickly found out her boss is not a champion for women at all. “She called me a liar because ‘Something like this didn’t happen to women who looked like me,’” Asmi alleged.
In addition, Sarsour purportedly harassed Fathelbab and forced her to talk to a detective about the seriousness of “making false allegations.” Moreover, Asmi posited her boss threatened her with personal and professional repercussions if she pressed the issue.
Despite Sarsour’s intimidation, Fathelbab went to the board of directors president Ahmed Jabar. That decision, according to Asmi, made the situation worse. Sarsour allegedly retaliated by preventing her from finding gainful employment for nearly a decade.
The allegations against Sarsour, the woman behind the January Women’s March, come as no surprise. She made headlines more than once in 2017. In July, Sarsour called for Jihad against the Trump administration. After hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston, she solicited donations to essentially fund Muslim causes.