By: Eugene Hollander
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Federal Appellate Court Gives OK To Discrimination Lawsuit Against Cook County
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a Muslim woman’s national origin case against Cook County. Fozyia Huri, a Cook County Circuit Court employee, alleged that she was subjected to a hostile work environment for years. Huri worked as a child care attendant until she was transferred to the court reporters’ office in 2010. She claimed that her supervisors screamed at her, accused her of misconduct, ostracized her, and denied her time off for a religious holiday. She also claims that her employer retaliated against her after she made internal complaints. The federal district court dismissed the case for failing to state a claim. The federal appeals court disagreed, ruling that her allegations could be severe and pervasive enough to create an abusive environment. Huri’s case will now head toward trial. It is possible that her case could be settled in advance, however. Should Huri prevail, she would be entitled to recover compensatory damages and attorney’s fees.