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Former Amazing Race contestants file discrimination suit

Two former Amazing Race contestants have filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against an Ottawa hospital, alleging they were not hired because of their race and religion.

Twin brothers Idries and Jamil Abdur-Rahman, who practice obstetrics and gynecology, claim they were not hired by the OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in northern Illinois because they are Muslim African-Americans who practice Islam.

According to the suit, the Abdur-Rahmans worked for the Community Hospital of Ottawa, later renamed the Ottawa Regional Hospital & Healthcare Center, on an independent contractor basis while maintaining their own practice. In May 2012, Ottowa Regional merged with OSF Healthcare System, and changed its name to OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center.

Following the merger, the brothers were asked to sign an agreement to abide by “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services” as physicians at OSF Saint Elizabeth, should they be employed by the group. At a meeting in July 2012, the president and Chief Medical Officer of OSF Medical Group allegedly told the Abdur-Rahmans the hospital would make an “impressive offer to hire them,” following a verbal assurance that the brothers would abide by the ethical and religious directives.

In December of 2012, the Abdur-Rahmans were told that the hospital had decided not to hire them, with one reason being that the brothers were “unlikely to abide by” the religious and ethical directives.

The lawsuit alleges two counts of violation of Title VII for failure to hire because of religion and race, and two counts of violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act for failure to hire because of religion and race.

Brianne Riley, spokesperson for the hospital, said in a statement that though it is not their policy to comment on pending litigation, “OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center is confident that it has fully complied with all federal and state discrimination laws while providing high-quality health care throughout the region.”

Riley said the Illinois Department of Human Rights dismissed the claims, finding a “lack of susbstantial evidence” to support the allegations.

“OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center is and remains committed to serving all who come through its doors with the greatest care and love,” the statement said.

The suit seeks backpay plus interest, compensatory damages, loss in benefits and other costs.

Jamil and Idries Abdur-Rahman competed in season 22 of “The Amazing Race,” traveling to Los Angeles and Bora Bora in the South Pacific during November and December of 2012.

The season premiere was broadcast in February 2013, with the first leg seeing the brothers finish eighth out of 11 teams. They were eliminated in week two after finishing last in a competition that featured open-water swimming, which both brothers confessed to leery of in an interview following the broadcast.

The Adbur-Rahman brothers grew up in Chicago and graduated from Kenwood High School. The 37-year-old twins both studied at Rush Medical College-Rush University and currently practice obstetrics and gynecology with the Vista Physicians Group.

Idries Abdur-Rahman of Grayslake practices out of Vista offices in Lindenhurst and Waukegan, while Jamil, of Barrington,who is also a retired captain with the U.S. Army Reserves, practices in Lindenhurst and Zion.

Representatives from OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

Interesting. I never fully understood medicine and religious combinations. Why is a hospital "Catholic"? If it was a separate private practicing-Catholicism organization, different story, but as a healthcare entity they definitely can't discriminate in guess is, considering they're already doctors, they don't really care that much about not getting hired and it's a money grab.


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