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Bangladeshi Muslims face layoffs, discrimination in Dallas.
Bangla Patrika, 11 January 2002. Translated from Bangla by Moinuddin Naser.
After September 11, as layoffs grow across the country, a large number of Bangladeshis, along with other immigrants, are losing their jobs. Mahbubul Alam was one of 135 employees laid off by Texas Marriott Hotel. Alam, who now works as an auditor in New York, told Bangla Patrika that about 5,000 Bangladeshis are employed in Dallas hotels, departmental stores, and gas stations. They face layoffs, along with Bangladeshi professionals, like reputable Bangladeshi engineers who just lost their jobs. Alam also reported that full-time workers have had their hours reduced, perhaps because of racial or religious discrimination.
This article appeared in Edition 6 of Voices That Must Be Heard.
Included by permission of Bangla Patrika.