A Lebanese-American police officer in San Jose, California filed a claim against the city and his employer after enduring years of harassment based on his ethnicity and religion.
Oakland's KTVU reported Tuesday that San Jose police officer Nabil Haidar, a 22-year veteran of SJPD and a Muslim, endured taunts about his religion from his fellow officers for years before finally requesting a transfer last year that resulted in a pay cut. According to the claim, the Arab-American officer's colleagues would make explosion noises when he walked by, and would refer to him as "Beirut Bomber," "ISIS" and "Taliban.
Officer Nabil Haidar, a 22-year @SanJosePD officer who is Muslim and Lebanese American, files legal claim via… https://t.co/pmwYQRln4W— Henry K. Lee (@Henry K. Lee)1525743980.0
Haidar's claim — which is likely a precursor to a lawsuit — asks for more than $6 million in damages from San Jose and its police department based on "future loss in pay and emotional distress."
This is the second time in a month a Muslim officer in the Bay Area has alleged religious discrimination by their colleagues. Last month, an Afghani-American officer in San Francisco claimed he was the subject of retaliation after he reported his colleagues for calling him a terrorist and writing the racial slur "sand n*gger" on his locker. He also alleged that he heard fellow officers make racially-insensitive and homophobic remarks about people they interacted with, and said he saw some colleagues "mute body camera audio at crime scenes to make inappropriate remarks."