Mastou v. Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.
MEMORANDUM OPINION re Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by District Judge Claude M. Hilton on 11/17/17. (klau, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-00196
MIDDLE EAST BROADCASTING
MATTER comes before
for Summary Judgment.
This case arises from the termination of Plaintiff Mohamad
Mastou's employment by Defendant Middle East Broadcasting
Networks, Inc. ("MBN"). MBN is a U.S. government-funded news
organization that focuses on reporting news to the Middle East.
Plaintiff was a reporter for MBN from February 2013 until his
termination in December 2015. MBN's stated reason for the
termination was that Plaintiff committed plagiarism.
Plaintiff was diagnosed with PTSD in December 2014, as a
result of personal traumatic experiences in Syria and witnessing
by video a bombing incident in Syria that resulted in the death
of his father and brother. Plaintiff did not inform MBN of his
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