Former state employee finally gets justice

Mazyn "Mike" Barash says after 9/11, he became the target of repeated racial discrimination at work. After he filed a complaint with the Civil Rights Commission, SMART was ordered to pay him more than $330,000, but the company refused, filing several appeals. Now, SMART has to pay up. There are no more appeals and the money is due. $503,000 to be exact.

That check has been cut but will not be delivered until Barash signs a W-4 tax form which he will do early next week. SMART says they will not comment until that check is actually delivered, but when it is, this chapter in the Barash's life that has consumed them for over a decade, will be over. However, discrimination is something he will fight against for many years to come.

"Living this for that many years, you can't just turn around and walk away from it," said Mazyn Barash, former SMART mechanic.

Mr. Barash is Chaldean and he's also every bit American.

"We've been here for a long time and now we have found that we have needs to at least listen and help people that think they are being discriminated against, especially now with Isis going on," said Barash. "There are just many reasons for people to hate people. I can't remove my features; I can't change the color of my skin; and I can't change the size of my nose. I have those features, everybody knows that I'm from somewhere else. You start thinking it's not going to happen to you, but then it does and it changes your life."

And even though this case has come to a conclusion, it has cost this family quite a bit.

"What we went through, nobody should ever have to go through, ever," said Annette Barash, Mazyn's wife. "He didn't deserve what happened and I'm proud of him, very proud of him." 

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