Banker Gets $1M For National Origin Discrimination


An Iranian-born bank manager who claimed he was fired from his job because of discrimination based on his national origin has been awarded $1 million by a Norfolk Superior Court jury — more than half of it in punitive damages.

In Khakian v. Fleet National Bank, the defendant bank claimed that the plaintiff was fired for performing an unauthorized transaction for a customer.

But the plaintiff's attorneys, David G. Hanrahan and Richard D. Vetstein, both of Boston, said they were able to prove their client's bias claim by focusing on the supervising district manager's conduct, which included, at one time, a "kill all the foreigners" comment, and the plaintiff's own solid employment record.

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