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Lawsuit: FedEx fires driver over Russian accent

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah truck driver contends shipping company FedEx ordered his firing because of his Russian accent.
PAUL FOY
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah truck driver contends shipping company FedEx ordered his firing because of his Russian accent.

Ismail Aliyev (ALI'-ev) worked for a FedEx long-haul contractor, GNB Trucking Co. of the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley.

The driver has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against both companies.

Aliyev says his trouble started when he reported that a weigh-station in Iowa gave him a warning about his accent.

The driver maintains his English is understandable - and that he even offered to demonstrate it at FedEx headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., but was turned down.

GNB Trucking says FedEx controls the hiring and firing of its drivers. A FedEx Ground spokeswoman had no comment other than to confirm Aliyev was employed by the independent contractor.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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