Rami Awad's more than three years as a branch employee of National City Bank ended badly -- and a jury is about to hear what happened.

In 2007, Awad was fired on the grounds that he improperly opened several accounts and processed a loan without the customer's authorization. But that's not the real reason he was let go, he claims. Awad, an Arabic Muslim of Palestinian descent, sued the bank and a former supervisor and the case is set for trial April 26 in federal court.

Awad, 32, contends he was fired in retaliation for a claim filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in February 2007. He also claims he was subject to a hostile work environment.

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