A Chicago suburb will pay $ 275,000 to a former police officer who says his colleagues discriminated against him because of his Assyrian and Iraqi origins.
Anfiny J. Eshoo sued the village of Arlington Heights last year, saying he had been the subject of repeated and ongoing comments about his national origin and race, the Daily Herald reported. He said in the federal lawsuit that he was called and referred to as the “Taliban” and that he often found stickers, cartoons and other objects reflecting insults in his mailbox.
Eshoo was a patrol officer from May 2016 until he was dismissed in January 2020. His dismissal came after an internal affairs investigation in which Eshoo was accused of failing to properly conduct a preliminary investigation into a domestic battery, according to the trial.
Under the settlement agreement, Eshoo will dismiss the lawsuit and withdraw a pending grievance that has been set for hearing by an arbitrator on December 16.
The village denied the allegations, and both sides said the deal was a compromise and a settlement of contested claims.
“As a lawyer who deals with cases all the time, this is not an admission of guilt or innocence,” said Mayor Tom Hayes. “It’s just a settlement to settle the contentious issues.”