Mastou v. Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.

Filing 37

MEMORANDUM OPINION re Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by District Judge Claude M. Hilton on 11/17/17. (klau, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Alexandria Division MOHAMAD MASTOU, Plaintiff, Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-00196 V. MIDDLE EAST BROADCASTING NETWORKS, INC., Defendant. MEMORANDUM OPINION THIS MATTER comes before the Court on Defendant's Motion 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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