Canadian national Laurie J. Samuel has lived in the U.S. for 20 years, and has filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for anti-Canadian discrimination.
Samuel claims Haines Walton said that she “talked white,â€ which is not typical of an “African American.â€ Also, she allegedly frequently began explanations with “Here in America…â€
In addition, Samuel says her supervisor is also at fault for sabotaging her application for a work permit.
The lawsuit alleges Haines Walton vocally objected to Samuel’s attempts to get permanent U.S. residency, telling colleagues the force should “hire an Americanâ€ and disrupting the application process by failing to file paperwork on time.
As a result of the police force’s actions, Samuel “has suffered loss of income, emotional stress and pecuniary distress.â€
Samuel is suing for back pay, punitive damages, and legal costs. The court filing does not specify dollar amounts.