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By Shubhi Mangla

Romani people originally belong to northern India but now are living in all continents mostly Europe, North Africa and North America. They are called ‘gypsies’ as they have migrated throughout the world. The Roma community makes up about 8% of Slovakia’s population. Being a minority community, they face lot of discrimination. Racial tensions continue to make their lives difficult.

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In the Ostrava town in eastern Slovakia where the Roma people reside; there is extreme poverty, life expectancy is below average and unemployment being 80% has made their lives worse. But besides all that, there is extensive racism and discrimination. Not just adults, but even the children are targeted. Walls have been built to separate the Roma kids to mingle with the white kids and to stop steal fruits from their neighbor’s gardens.

Also Read: The Forgotten Holocaust: A brief history of the Roma

Even in schools, there is a sense of separateness. There are separate classroom and buildings for the Roma and white children. In 2004, a strong anti-discrimination law was passed in Slovakia but however there is reluctance to obey this law. The Education minister of Slovakia says that officials are working to eliminate discriminatory practices from schools. In 2013, schools were forced to conduct integrated classes for both Roma and white children but resistance still prevails among the people. A number of schools had pressure from the normal parents who don’t want their children to be together with Roma children.

However, there are some schools that provide a positive model and have same classrooms for children.There is an opening of a new preschool for children so that social inclusion can be embedded from an early age. These schools provide a ray of hope for putting an end to segregation of Roma people in Slovakia.

Shubhi Mangla is an intern at Newsgram and a student of Journalism and Mass Communication in New Delhi. Twitter @shubhi_mangla

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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

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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.