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What's in a name?

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago May 08, 2013 May 8, 2013 Wednesday, May 08 2013 May 08, 2013 6:59 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA- A female U.S.Army sergeant says other soldiers mistakenly assumed she was Muslim because of her last name and she was the target of taunts and harassment for years. Sgt. 1st Class Naida Hosan even changed her name to Nadia Christian Nova before deploying to Afghanistan last year but she says the discrimination didn't stop. She is Catholic and complained about racist jokes and taunts and then was labeled a Muslim sympathizer and claims her superiors tried to get her kicked out of the Army. Nova is a Persian Farsi linguist and works in military intelligence. She sued in federal court alleging religious discrimination but withdrew the lawsuit when the Army offered to drop all disciplinary action against her. She reenlisted last month. 

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