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Police recruit sues, says fired for ‘raspy voice’

A man has filed a discrimination suit against the city of Evanston, saying he was hired as a police cadet but fired less than two weeks later because of his "raspy voice."

The Chicago Tribune reports that in the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Chicago, Reginald Johnson says was hired as a cadet on Sept. 6, 2008 and fired on Sept. 17, 2008.

Johnson says he was fired after an exercise where he had to shout commands to a police trainer. His suit charges that he was discriminated against because of his "hoarse or raspy sounding voice."

A police spokesman declined comment on the suit.

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