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Washington: A 3.1 million discrimination lawsuit slammed against the Chicago Police Department in the US was won by an Indian-origin man. The man was among the 47 immigrants who were denied candidacy for the post of Police officer due to their foreign nationality.

Masood Khan won $3.1 million in compensation, along with Glenford Flowers, a Belize-born man, as victims of the discriminatory hiring policy, reported The American Bazaar on Thursday.

Both men took part and passed the 2006 police exam. But their candidacy was rejected because they had lived in the US for less than 10 years.

They filed charges of discrimination, which were upheld by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and referred to the Justice Department.

“Chicago, through CPD (Chicago Police Department), has pursued policies and practices that discriminate against individuals born outside the US because of their national origin and that deprive or tend to deprive foreign-born individuals of employment opportunities because of their national origin,” the lawsuit stated.

The Department of Justice also sought back pay, interest on lost wages and compensatory damages on behalf of Khan and Flowers who applied to be police officers but were rebuffed by the rule.

According to the complaint, more than 92 percent of the candidates that were rejected because of the rule were foreign-born, while only eight percent of these had lived in the country for more than 10 years.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began the investigation into the policy but was unable to reach a resolution and the case was referred to the Department of Justice in 2014.

The Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee is expected to sign off on the $3.1 million settlement on Monday.(IANS)

Newsgram view: Racism and ethnic discrimination in the United States have been a major issue since the colonial era, especially in the employment sector. Many legal and social privileges enjoyed by the White Americans since many centuries now are still not granted to Asian Americans and other minorities. Newsgram has been covering the issues of discrimination widely prevalent in the US and supports implementation of anti-discrimination legislative Acts.

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US Accuses Huawei CEO of Lying About China Ties

Huawei, the world's largest maker of telecommunications network equipment, is a leader in 5G technology

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FILE - A woman stands at the booth of Huawei featuring 5G technology at the PT Expo in Beijing, China, Sept. 28, 2018. VOA

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused the head of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies of lying about his company’s relationship with the government in Beijing.

Pompeo said in a CNBC interview Thursday that Huawei “is tied not only to China but to the Chinese Communist Party.” He added, “The existence of those connections puts American information that crosses those networks at risk.”

Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecommunications network equipment, is a leader in 5G technology. It has been trying to win contracts to build a global network that would make the internet much faster.

Last week, the U.S. government banned American companies from doing business with Huawei, escalating a heated trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

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FILE – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference in London, May 8, 2019. VOA

CEO Ren Zhengfei has maintained his company would not share secret user information. Huawei denies it is controlled by Beijing. The company also says it does not work with the Chinese government, an assertion Pompeo dismisses.

“To say that they don’t work with the Chinese government is a false statement,” Pompeo said of Huawei. “He is required by Chinese law to do that,” Pompeo added. “The Huawei CEO on that at least isn’t telling the American people the truth, nor the world.”

Pompeo confirmed a recent New York Times report that China was using a high-tech surveillance system as part of a policing effort that could track and subdue members of ethnic groups, including Muslim Uighurs.

The United States alleged earlier this month that Beijing had confined significantly more than a million minority Muslims in “concentration camps.”

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Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankia said Tuesday in a Fox News interview there were training centers for those convicted of minor offenses. Pompeo responded that the facilities were actually “authoritarian re-education institutions.” (VOA)