Daily Herald: Arab-American Cook County officer wins $200,000 verdict for harassment
A federal jury Friday awarded a Cook County corrections officer $200,000 for harassment he suffered from co-workers. Officer Abraham Yasin, 30, of Chicago, won the award after the jury found he had a hostile and abusive work environment. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which filed the suit, alleged that starting in 2004, other county corrections officers continuously and anonymously targeted him with racial and ethnic slurs including "terrorist" and "bin Laden" among many others. As many as 10 times a day for a year, Yasin said, he was subjected to comments about his ancestry and ethnic origin made verbally and via graffiti on his locker, as well as on calls over the radio and telephone. He said supervisors failed to stop the harassment, despite his complaints. Copyright © 2009 Daily Herald Inc.