Conatus News spoke with Asmi Fathelbab, a former employee of Linda Sarsour, who alleges that Sarsour allowed her to be sexually abused in the office, and had her fired from later jobs.
Last night, allegations surfaced of Linda Sarsour enabling the sexual assault of her former employee at the Arab American Association, Asmi Fathelbab, back in 2009.
Fathelbab told The Daily Caller that a man in the office, Majed Seif, would “Pin me against the wall and rub his crotch against me.”
The Daily Caller also reported that one of Seif’s alleged “favourite pastimes” was sneaking up on Fathelbab with a full erection.
Fathelbab told Conatus News that Sarsour allowed the sexual abuse to continue by ignoring her complaints about it.
“She would say that I was overreacting because something like this didn’t happen to someone who looks like me. That it was not important. That he had the right to sue me for false claims. That he had the right to be anywhere in the building that he wanted. Even joked once that it’s not like he got me the job to begin with.”
She said, “She was never in the same room, but sometimes on the same floor, down the hall from each other.”
Fathelbab told the Daily Caller that she would scream at the top of her lungs during the assaults. She told Conatus News that Sarsour heard the screams.
“Oh, she heard me! She heard me and she kind of lost it one day because I apparently interrupted a very important news interview she was having in her office, because they heard me screaming and wanted to know what happened.”
Fathelbab said that after completing her Americorp contract with the Arab American Association, Sarsour had her fired from later jobs.
Fathelbab told Conatus News that Sarsour had her fired from a temporary job at New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2014. She said that Rami Nusier, a man who she says is Sarsour’s best friend, showed up at the hospital a few days before she was scheduled to begin working there full time as a front desk clerk.
Fathelbab said that Nusier was having lunch with another employee at the hospital, who he apparently knew.
After this, the night before Fathelbab was to begin her full-time position, Fathelbab got home and saw that she had a voice message from the temporary job agency saying that she was no longer allowed on the premises. She said, “I I didn’t know what that meant, I had no idea what that was, so I tried calling back, but they had closed for the day. I called them back in the morning, and the first thing I heard was, ‘What did you do?’ and I said “Nothing, I don’t know what’s going on?”
Fathelbab said, ‘I believe that he spoke to Linda, and had her call them [the hospital employers].’
Fathelbab also claims that Sarsour helped get her fired from the Mark Murphy campaign for Congress in New York’s 11th Congressional District, which she worked for back in 2012.
‘She [Sarsour] told him that if he wanted to win he had to fire me because I’m the most hated woman in the Muslim community in NYC.’
Sarsour did not respond to Conatus News’ request for a comment in time for the publication of this article.
12/18/17 10:49 PM EST.
Ms. Sarsour, who did not respond to our request for comment in time for this article’s publication, refuted the claims made against her in this piece by Buzzfeed News.
Tara is a journalist and campaigner based in San Francisco, US