A grad student of Indian heritage claims white students received preferential treatment. Now she’s suing for big bucks.
The Chicago Tribune reports:
University of Chicago faces $1 million lawsuit alleging race discrimination
An Indian-American doctoral student at the University of Chicago has filed a $1 million discrimination lawsuit against its board of trustees, alleging she was fired from a job at the school after she complained that white employees got preferential treatment.
Sameena Azhar’s lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, alleges retaliation and race and national origin discrimination.
The Chicago resident complained in May 2016 to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and to the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and in August 2016 received a “right to sue” notice, the lawsuit said.
Azhar is a doctoral candidate at the School of Social Service Administration and, starting in March 2015, worked for the university’s Center for HIV Elimination. After working there for a few months, Azhar said she requested business cards, noting that white students had received them, but was eventually fired. While she worked there, the center also regularly segregated nonwhite and white staff, and white workers were paid more and had more flexible schedules, the lawsuit alleges.
Two faculty members at the center who were helping her on her dissertation stopped after she lost her job there, the suit says.
“Faculty members told her that she should stop complaining about discriminatory actions at U of C if she wanted to … complete her dissertation,” the lawsuit says.
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