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CAIR-IL: Arab-American Officer’s Harassment Case Moves to Trial

(CHICAGO, IL, 7/20/09) – CAIR-Chicago announced today that the discrimination case of an Arab-American correctional officer against the Cook County Sheriff’s Department will move to trial on July 21.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 21, 2009; 9 a.m.
WHERE: Courtroom of Judge Amy St. Eve, Room 1241, Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn (at Jackson & Dearborn), Chicago, IL
Background: CAIR-Chicago began litigation on behalf of the officer in 2007 after he allegedly experienced racial harassment by other correctional officers beginning in December 2004. Cook County officers continuously and anonymously targeted Yasin with racist slurs such as “terrorist,” “Hussein,” “sand ni**er,” “bin Laden,” “shoe bomber,” and “camel jockey.” Yasin testified that his co-workers made calls over the radio and telephone about his ancestry and national origin as many as 10 times a day, and at least a 100 times for over a one-year period.
Despite reporting the incidents, multiple supervisors and the Internal Affairs Division failed to take adequate corrective action.
“No individual should suffer harassment at work based on race,” said CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney Kevin Vodak. “It is particularly egregious that the officers entrusted to uphold the law failed to take action to stop the discrimination.”
In an opinion issued in May, Judge St. Eve noted: “Yasin has presented evidence creating an issue of fact for trial that a reasonable person would find the alleged harassment pervasive or severe enough to create a hostile and abusive work environment.”
Cook County is the second most populous county in the United States after Los Angeles County.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower America Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-Chicago Communications Coordinator Reem Rahman, E-Mail: communications@cairchicago.org, 312-212-1520 or 217-493-0912; Kevin Vodak, Attorney, CAIR-Chicago, E-Mail: attorney@cairchicago.org, 312-212-1520; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

 

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