Former employee at Bay Area solar company alleges discrimination

Marisa Diaz, a staff attorney with Legal Aid at Work, who also represents Faiz, said, "Our society should be far beyond the point where discrimination against any group is acceptable, let alone serve as a company's standard operating procedure."

News Story (California)

SF Gate
March 7, 2019

Tags: Employment, Workers Rights

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid at Work (San Francisco)


A former employee for a San Leandro-based company that sells solar equipment to homeowners filed a civil rights lawsuit on Thursday alleging that it had a policy of refusing to do business with customers it believed to be of Middle Eastern or Indian origin.

Ayesha Faiz, who was a supervisor in a call center for Fidelity Home Energy Inc., claims in her federal complaint that she was instructed by Fidelity not to process customer leads with homeowners whose names “sounded Middle Eastern or Indian.”

Faiz said that unbeknownst to Fidelity Home she herself is of Middle Eastern descent, having immigrated from Afghanistan when she was one.