Muslim ex-caddie sues golf club for discrimination

A Muslim man is suing the exclusive Hamptons golf club where he worked as a caddie for 13 years, claiming that he was discriminated against, and even threatened, based on his race and religion.

In a lawsuit filed earlier this month against Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, Javed Khan, of Riverhead, said the harassment escalated when he complained — and after he witnessed disgraced financier Bernie Madoff’s golf clubs stolen.

Khan is of South Asian descent and was born in Guyana in South America, according to the lawsuit.

Among the allegations in the U.S. District Court filing, Khan said one of his supervisors called him a terrorist who did not look like his other co-workers and did not belong at the golf club.

When he caddied for Bill Clinton in August 2011, the supervisor told him that he should be worried that his fingerprints were on the former president’s clubs because the government would check his prints and determine if he was member of Al Qaeda, the lawsuit alleges.

Southampton Patch, 31 May 2013