Sunday, February 05, 2017

Former NYPD Officer Sues Over Anti-Muslim Discrimination

A suit was filed last week in a New York federal district court by a former NYPD officer. Plaintiff, a Muslim, claims she suffered retaliation and a hostile work environment when she began to wear a hijab while on duty.  The complaint (full text) in Alamrani v. City of New York, (SD NY, filed 2/2/2017),  alleges in part:
From 2009 until 2012, Plaintiff Alamrani was ... constantly assigned to posts which do not allow her to earn overtime and was called discriminatory names on a daily basis like terrorist and Taliban. Also on a daily basis she would be told that she should not be a police officer, that she should not be allowed to wear the Hijab, that nobody wanted to work with her, that she was a disgrace to the NYPD and that nobody liked her along with other deriding comments.
In late 2012, fellow-officers tried to rip her hijab off her head. In subsequent years she was limited to working the night shift, and other retaliatory actions allegedly occurred. The suit claims violations of Title VII as well as of New York City and New York state law.  The Gothamist reports on the lawsuit.