bias profiling en Washtenaw County ordered to pay in Muslim bias <p>ANN ARBOR –&nbsp;A jury has awarded nearly $1.2 million to a Muslim man who said he was called a terrorist and repeatedly passed over for promotions while working for Washtenaw County.<br /><br />The verdict was returned Thursday in Detroit federal court. Attorney Shereef Akeel says Ali Aboubaker was awarded money for lost wages and pain and suffering.<br /><br />Aboubaker worked for Washtenaw County for 17 years until 2008. The native of Tunisia says he was demoted and bypassed for promotions despite having engineering skills and college degrees.<br /> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16671 at Washtenaw County ordered to pay in Muslim bias What's the 'fat bias,' and do we see it in Michigan? <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was a bit of a stir recently when Elle Magazine came out with its annual "Women in Hollywood” issue.</span></p><p>Four covers were shot with four different stars: Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Penelope Cruz and Melissa McCarthy.</p><p>Witherspoon wore a fitted black dress, Woodley wore a swimsuit and Cruz recently gave birth to her second baby, so hers was a close-up face shot. Curvy, full-figured McCarthy was swathed and bundled up in a big coat.</p><p>That led to criticism that McCarthy was covered up because she's full-figured — though it should be noted that Melissa McCarthy herself said she was glad to be a part of the cover.</p><p>But it does raise the issue of society's attitudes toward overweight or obese people.</p><p>35% of the population of Michigan is considered to be overweight, so it’s an issue that affects many in our state.</p><p>Is there a bias towards fat people that would not be tolerated elsewhere?</p><p>Joining us is Amanda Levitt, a graduate student at Wayne State University. Levitt writes the blog <a href="">Fat Body Politics.</a></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:59:48 +0000 Stateside Staff 14945 at What's the 'fat bias,' and do we see it in Michigan? Michigan State Police investigate allegations of "racial profiling" in traffic stop <p>The Michigan State Police is opening an internal investigation into a traffic stop&nbsp;that has raised allegations of racial profiling.</p><p>The ACLU called on the Michigan State Police to look into the February traffic stop of an American citizen of Mexican descent.</p><p>During the&nbsp;traffic stop in Livonia, the ACLU claims the state trooper interrogated about the man about his immigration status, apparently not believing the man&rsquo;s claims that he is a naturalized citizen.</p><p>The driver was handcuffed, threatened with deportation and federal immigration agents were called.</p><p>The man was eventually released after his claim of being a legal U.S. citizen was confirmed.</p><p>In a written statement, the head of the Michigan State police says the department &ldquo;expects its members to perform their duties in a professional and impartial manner&rdquo;, adding the department does not condone &ldquo;bias profiling&rdquo;. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:53:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 6731 at Michigan State Police investigate allegations of "racial profiling" in traffic stop