SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The opening arguments will begin Wednesday (August 27, 2003) in a bias suit filed by a former executive of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. against AMD and its chairman, W.J. Sanders III, according to a report from the San Jose Mercury News.
In April of 2002, Walid Maghribi, a Lebanese-American who was in charge of AMD's flash-memory business, filed a suit against AMD, alleging that his career "went into a tailspin" after company executives learned he was a Muslim following the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to the report.
Maghribi also contends that AMD President Hector Ruiz made demeaning jokes about Arabs at a company function, according to the report.
AMD has denied those allegations. Maghribi, who resigned from AMD, is now president and CEO of chip maker Sipex Inc. in Milpitas.
The trial is being held in the U.S. District Court in San Jose.