Chicago to Pay Immigrants $3.1 Million


Compensation awarded to 47 immigrants who were denied police jobs.

Requirements for admission to the city of Chicago police force include:

  1. City employees must live in the city of Chicago.
  2. Continuous Residence Rule – all police applicants must have lived in the US for at least 10 years.

Chicago (taxpayers) will pay $3.1 million in damages to 47 immigrants, because rule #2 was “discriminatory.”  The city has also now lowered the continuous residence rule from 10 years to 5 years.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] The lawsuit was filed Friday as a procedural matter since a tentative settlement has been reached.  It identifies Masood Khan, who was born in India, and Glenford Flowers, who was born in Belize, as victims of the discriminatory hiring policy.  


Both men took and passed the 2006 police exam. Both saw their applications rejected because they had lived in the United States for less than 10 straight years. Both filed charges of discrimination that were upheld by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and referred to the Justice Department.  


In a choreographed action, the feds filed a lawsuit Friday, then promptly notified U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman that a settlement had been reached that called for $3.1 million in payments to 47 immigrants similarly denied the chance to become Chicago Police officers.   The lawsuit sought back pay, interest on the “amount of lost wages and benefits” and compensatory damages for the “pain, suffering and medical expenses” caused by the city’s dis criminatory hiring practice.[/pullquote]

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