A former New Jersey police officer, who identifies as Muslim, is suing the police division that employed him Thursday, saying he was incessantly referred to as “Taliban” and “terrorist” whereas there.
Kamil Warraich is “the first Middle-Eastern, Pakistani-American officer and the second Muslim officer in the history of the” Asbury Park Police Department, in line with the lawsuit, which alleged that he was referred to as racial slurs by his superior officers. Warraich is suing Asbury Park and a number of other folks with the town’s police division over violating the New Jersey Civil Rights Act and for wrongful termination, amongst different issues.
“Plaintiff has continuously been referred to on a number of occasions as a ‘terrorist’ by his supervisors along with some other racial slurs targeted and demeaning to his race, religion and national origin, which have materially altered the terms and conditions of Plaintiff’s work environment and employment,” the lawsuit acknowledged.
“It is further alleged that the Defendants and each of them have retaliated against the Plaintiff for asserting his rights and the rights of others protected under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination in the form of creating a hostile work environment, imposing adverse employment actions including unauthorized and excessive disciplinary actions, suspensions and eventual wrongful termination from employment,” the lawsuit added.
The criticism additionally alleged that Warraich, who was employed by the APPD in 2004, was handed over for a promotion in favor of white colleagues in 2012–even although his document confirmed that he “was far more qualified for the position than the two officers selected and had more experience.”
Warraich’s lawsuit claimed he was fired in 2019 for elevating considerations to his superiors, after 15 years with the division. It additionally stated that Warraich is looking for financial damages, together with wages misplaced, and to be reinstated to the rank of Lieutenant within the APPD, amongst different issues.
Newsweek reached out to the Asbury Park Police Department for touch upon the allegations levied in opposition to them within the lawsuit, however it didn’t reply again in time for publication.
David Castellani, an legal professional for Warraich, told NJ.com in a statement Saturday that his consumer needed to take care of a “hostile work environment” whereas working within the police division at Asbury Park.
“Mr. Warraich was a trailblazer who wanted nothing more than to serve the people of Asbury Park. Unfortunately…Mr. Warraich faced a hostile work environment created by people within the APPD who did not want to see a dark-skinned police officer,” Castellani stated.