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Washington, D.C’s Metropolitan Police department has quite an interesting discrimination lawsuit on its hands. Canadian criminologist Laurie J. Samuel has lived in the U.S. for 20 years, and has filed a lawsuit against the MPD for anti-Canadian discrimination.

Samuel says that she was subjected to anti-Canadian harassment from her supervisor who also allegedly sabotaged her application for a work permit, telling MPD Chief Cathy Lanier that Samuel was in the country illegally, accusing Samuel of “talking white,” and teasing her about Canadians and Americans being “play cousins”.

Samuel’s lawsuit says she “suffered and is suffering injuries, including loss of past, present, and future earnings and considerable mental distress.” She is asking for back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, and court costs.

Samuel was fired from her job in 2013.

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