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Former Amazing Race Contestants File Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

The former Amazing Race contestants, Idries and Jamil Abdur-Rahman. Image gives credit to the Amazing Race / CBS.com.

The former Amazing Race contestants, Idries and Jamil Abdur-Rahman. Image gives credit to the Amazing Race / CBS.com.

Two former contestants of the reality TV show the Amazing Race is currently suing a hospital for allegedly refusing to hire them due to their race and religion.

According to recent news reports, twin brothers Idries and Jamil Abdur-Rahman, both practicing obstetrics and gynecology, claimed in their lawsuits that the OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center refused to hire them because they are Muslim African-Americans.

Under the said lawsuit, the twins worked for Community Hospital of Ottawa, which was later renamed as the Ottawa Regional Hospital and Healthcare Center. Eventually, the said institution decided to merge with OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center and then changed its name again to OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center.

Soon after the merger, the brothers were informed that should they be employed by the company, they are required to sign an agreement which states that they will abide with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services as physicians at the institution.

In fact, during a meeting back in July 2012, the president and a chief medical officer of the said health care institution told the brothers that they will make an impressive offer to hire the twins after a verbal assurance that they would abide by the institution’s religious and ethical directives.

However, in December 2012, the two men were informed that the institution had decided not to hire them since they are unlikely to abide by its ethical and religious directives.

Thus, the brothers sued for two counts of labor violation.

The hospital on the other side is affirmed that it remains committed to serving all who come through them with the greatest love and care according to reports.

The brothers who both appeared on Season 22 of the reality show, the Amazing Race back in 2013, are now reportedly practicing medicine at a new institution.

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