Former Pine Island Administrator Abraham Algadi has filed a complaint with the state Department of Human Rights, arguing that the town created a hostile work environment for him in the months leading up to his termination. Algadi alleges he suffered discrimination because of his Jordanian heritage.
His complaint cites a postcard allegedly left outside his office. It allegedly bore a photo of nearby Canterbury Park Race Track and a note reading, “Maybe Canterbury needs some camel jockeys.” He also alleges co-workers called him “n****r” when addressing him.
Pine Island Mayor Rod Steele denied the town was responsible for any discrimination Algadi suffered. “There apparently was an individual that spoke in not too politically correct terms to Abraham,” Steele told the Rochester Post Bulletin. He said Algadi is “somehow trying to put that on the city. I think what he’s saying is the person calling him these names supported these candidates who got rid of him. That’s really, really far-fetched to me. I heard that it was said, but I never heard it said.”
The town maintains Algadi’s position was cut to save money. He claims the racial slurs betray a discriminatory motive. The Department of Human Rights will investigate the matter and render its judgment.
Note: To succeed, Algadi must prove either that the city initiated the discrimination or failed to address it when it became aware of it.