Lidl worker, 40 'was sacked after reacting to colleagues who regularly called ...

A Lidl worker was sacked from his position after reacting to colleagues who he claimed regularly subjected him to racist abuse and accused him of being part of ISIS.

Behzad Bahmanzad worked at the store in Plymouth, Devon, for five years and said he was bullied by other staff members who repeatedly called him 'ISIS', 'terrorist' and 'bomber'.

The 40-year-old, who is originally from Iran but has British citizenship after living in England for 20 years, said he finally snapped - and was given the boot from his job.

He said things came to a head in October last year when an altercation with another worker took place in a warehouse.

Behzad Bahmanzad (pictured above) worked at the store in Plymouth, Devon, for five years and said he had had enough of the abuse

Behzad Bahmanzad (pictured above) worked at the store in Plymouth, Devon, for five years and said he had had enough of the abuse 

Behzad said: 'They were treating me the same way, saying they were joking, taking the p***, asking 'are you ISIS or a bomber'.

'They would say I wasn't allowed to say 'shoot'. After the bombing in Manchester I came in the next day and they asked 'are you tired today? You've just come all the way from Manchester haven't you?'

'I understood what they was trying to suggest.'

He said that on one occasion his colleagues 'called him ISIS' and he had 'had enough'.

'It was humiliating me. I told them to f*** off. I got angry.'

The 40-year-old said everyone has their limits and is seen above holding his old uniform with his badge on

The 40-year-old said everyone has their limits and is seen above holding his old uniform with his badge on 

Behzad said the incident occurred in a warehouse section of the Lidl store and he claimed he was nudged and in return pushed back, suggesting that if the person wanted to continue making racist comments they should go outside rather than it be done in front of customers.

He said: 'This person would disrespect me in front of customers again and again. I'd had enough of it - why should they be allowed to treat me this way. Everyone has their limits.'

Behzad claimed he was suspended and later fired.

He appealed to a regional manager but said he was informed that because he had not made any previous complaints about racial harassment, and that because his pushing was captured on CCTV, and that his claim to take the matter outside was interpreted as a threat of violence, his appeal would not succeed.

He said he went to police where he reported the incidents and was given a crime reference number, but advised that they could not investigate the matter further.

He added: 'After years of this I was upset and angry. How many times did I go home upset and angry, being called 'muzzy', 'P*** and n*****. I don't have a criminal record but was made to feel like I was the criminal.

'I'm now out of work and waiting for my first Universal Credit payment - I've been told I won't get anything until January 5. I've not had anything since November. I need food, I need to pay my bills.

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