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A 22 year-old Sikh was harassed in a store after a man thinks that he is a Muslim

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Boston, November 21, 2016: Everyone is unique, no matter what community they belong to or the language they speak. But some people fail to share the same view and think otherwise.

Some people generalise characteristics of a community and think that all belonging to the same community will believe or follow the same direction. This leads to hateful marginalisation and harassment. After Donald trump emerged victorious in the 2016 US presidential elections, the number of cases of such hateful harassment have increased and over 200 incidents have been reported, mentioned PTI.

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A 22-year-old Sikh student at the Harvard Law School has come across such incident of discrimination. He was harassed on November 11 at a store in the vicinity of the campus by someone who assumed that he was Muslim. Harmann Singh, from Buffalo, New York is a first-year law student at Harvard and was speaking to his mother on the phone during the entire incident.

“Over the weekend, I was confronted by a man who called me a ‘(expletive) Muslim’ and followed me around a store aggressively asking where I was from, and no one in the store said a thing. I was on the phone with my mom the entire time, and we were both concerned for my safety as this man stood inches away from me,” Singh wrote in The Boston Globe.

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He also wrote that “While deeply painful, what happened to me pales in comparison to the hate and violence many of my brothers and sisters have faced across the country.” Singh said that the man was following him all around the store and kept asking him where he was from while harassing him. Singh tried to ignore the man and continue his conversation on the phone, mentioned PTI report.

The owner of the store said that he did see the man who spoke to Harmann and intended to ask the man to leave but he was at the back of the store when the incident occurred and both of them had left when he returned.

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The owner also said that he did not know who the man was and was hoping to never see him again.

Harmann said that the most efficient way to encounter such marginalisation is to be there for each other. He said that even a bystander who interrupts to check in with the victim being harassed can make a difference.

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Workplace Harassment – Do I Have a Case?

Professional harassment attorneys can help guide you with confidence through the legal system while ensuring that your rights are being protected

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There are many federal and state laws that protect every worker from different types of harassment inside the workplace. In today’s world it is not just sexually based offenses that are the only discriminatory violations in many places. There are many forms of harassment that can be addressed by employees through an experienced attorney at Shaw Kreizer Trial and Injury Attorneys.

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If you are experiencing types of discrimination that is making your workplace a hostile environment for you, it is vital that you consult with a professional to review your rights. Discrimination has many forms:

Age                              Sex                              Gender                        Disability

Religion                       Nationality                   Pregnancy                   Right to Work

If you are being denied a job placement, a deserved raise in pay, refused access to services or promotions based on any of these facts, you are experiencing illegal and immoral discrimination. Your value as an employee should not be reflective of any factors other than your work performance evaluations and your value to the company.

The most common and feared issue with filing a complaint about workplace harassment is the fear of retaliation from supervisors or coworkers. No one should fear standing up for their legal rights because of the potential to be cast out as a likely troublemaker. Times are rapidly changing (hopefully for the better) in the modern workplace and we are seeing employee-friendly environments, but it’s not happening fast enough.

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On the darker side of harassment there can be some devastating personal effects from refusing unwanted sexual advancements or suggested perks on the job. These types of incidents are not only highly illegal and rigidly immoral, but they can cause serious damage to their targets. Imagine not wanting to go to work for fear of being groped, humiliated or even fired for not participating in sexual favors for a superior.

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Each employee has the right to not only file a complaint in-house, but to also consult a professional harassment attorney to make them aware of their legal rights. In these types of cases, you can file for damages covering the suffering that these acts have caused you. Damages can cover things such as:

  • Lost wages from wrongful dismissal
  • Missed time due to fear of a toxic workplace environment
  • Loss of benefits
  • Loss of holiday pay/time
  • Punitive damages

There is no one, male or female, of any race or religion that should fear going into their workplace because of the immoral way that they are being treated. Not only can it have long lasting effects, but it can negatively affect the entire workplace environment.

If you are uncomfortable going in to work, if you have been denied basic rights in your workplace because of a filed complaint or if you have been inappropriately interacted with especially by a superior, you may have a case for a harassment suit.

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Professional harassment attorneys can help guide you with confidence through the legal system while ensuring that your rights are being protected. Dealing with harassment issues in the workplace can be a lonely and intimidating road to walk alone, so get yourself some guidance from professionals that have your best legal and personal interests in mind.