An independent investigation has found “insufficient evidence” to support claims that Imad Hamad, an Arab-American civil-rights advocate in Dearborn, sexually harassed multiple women over several years.
Hamad, director of the Michigan chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, was placed on administrative leave in June, when state Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, sent a letter to the ADC, accusing Hamad of sexually harassing her and other women when she worked in his Dearborn office for five months in 1999.
Tlaib and Abbas contend Hamad harassed at least 15 women and both said they are disappointed how the investigation was handled.
“The leading Arab-American civil rights group just gave a green light to sexual predators all across the community that this is OK. ... The right thing was not done. Not at all," Tliab told the Free Press.
Abbas called upon the ADC to release the investigator’s report to the public.
Abed Ayoub, a Dearborn native and national legal and policy director for the ADC, will serve as interim director for Michigan.