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DHS finds that an illegal ‘Hostile environment’ can flare up quickly

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What can you say in the space of two hours to constitute a “severe and pervasive” hostile work environment that would be enough to justify a lawsuit?

Plenty, apparently, as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently found out. An instructor at the department’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco allegedly went on an anti-Muslim, anti-Arab rant during a mandatory training session.

The instructor told his class that “the goal of a Muslim is to convert you and kill you” and “the Koran does not mention a God of love.” When a Muslim student begged to differ, another instructor observing the class recommended the student be investigated for possible terrorist ties.

The student took his case to the EEOC, which found in his favor, showing that discriminatory harassment can take place in a pretty short space of time. 

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