Waldorf waiter told to change name from Mohammed to avoid frightening guests

May 1st, 2011 - 11:18 am ICT by ANI  

New York, May 1 (ANI): An Arab waiter at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel named Mohamed said he was forced to change his name to prevent guests from being frightened.

Mohamed Kotbi said the first time he was asked to do so was on September 13, 2001, two days after the attacks on the Twin Towers.

Kotbi, who has worked for the hotel since December 1984, said he was given a name tag that read “John.”

“I put it on. I was in shock,” The New York Post quoted Mohamed, as saying.


He said the hotel management asked him to do so to stop guests being frightened by being served by someone named Mohamed.

He filed discrimination complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2005 and 2009, and was eventually given a name tag with his last name, Kotbi.

However, later he was given a name tag that said, “Edgar.”

Kotbi said a manager told him that it is better to be Edgar than Mohamed these days. (ANI)

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