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Devout Sikh sues his former bank for more than £50,000 'after colleagues interfered with his turban and asked if it flashed red in an emergency'

A devout Sikh is suing his former bank for over £50,000 after colleagues allegedly interfered with his turban and asked him whether it 'flashed red in an emergency'.
Harminder Dhanota, 42, claims he was verbally and physically abused by work colleagues at the London office of Saudi Arabia-based bank Samba Financial Services.
He claims that workmates would dislodge his turban and put a sticky note saying ‘Sign here’ on the back of it when he was not looking.
Mr Dhanota told a tribunal that his boss Jack Tanna also insulted his religion by showing him porn on a mobile phone and boasted about organising prostitutes for his 'dirty Arab' business associates.
Married father-of-three Mr Dhanota said that Mr Tanna also offended him by asking him whether he was 'shagging' female colleagues.
Mr Tanna would also allegedly punch his arm, twist his fingers and whack him on the hand with a ruler, making him cry out in pain.
Mr Dhanota says that after he began to complain about his mistreatment, he was axed from his £37,500-a-year job in October last year on grounds of poor performance.
The IT manager of Chadwell Heath, Essex, is suing the bank for race and religious discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation.
He is seeking £56,825 for loss of earnings and injury to feelings.
Giving evidence today at Central London Employment Tribunal, Mr Dhanota told how he joined the bank in July 2011 after working in IT for 15 years.
Mr Dhanota, who is British but of Indian origin, said: 'I have always taken pride in my religion and culture and find it upsetting and distressing when people mock, ridicule or disrespect my personal beliefs.'
Mr Dhanota said that in January 2012, he 'politely reminded' Mr Tanna that he was a Sikh and found his constant abuse offensive and reported him in confidence to HR.
He said that his objections only spurred Mr Tanna on to humiliate him further in front of colleagues.

In April 2012, Mr Tanna began to launch unprovoked physical attacks, Mr Dhanota told the tribunal.
He said: 'The violent conduct was more or less continuous. This included punching, wrestling and finger twisting.'
'At times, the physical assaults would be so aggressive as to cause my turban to loosen, which was the cause of significant distress to me.'


Mr Dhanota, who is now deputy head of IT for an NHS Trust, added: 'On one occasion, Jack Tanna showed me explicit pornographic images on his mobile phone, which he knew to be offensive to me by virtue of my religious beliefs and it was clear he found it amusing when I was shocked and offended.
'He would often boast about organising prostitutes and sexual gatherings for his Saudi counterparts, referring to them as ‘dirty Arabs’, which I also found very offensive.'
In October 2012, another manager, Prakash Kale, allegedly asked Mr Dhanota ‘Will your turban flash red in the event of an emergency?’
The same month, a third senior manager, Bhupendra Bharakda, left Mr Dhanota 'mortified' by placing a sticky note saying ‘Sign here’ on the back of his turban.
Mr Dhanota's solicitor Jay Joshi, of law firm Judge Sykes Frixou, said: 'It is both shocking and ironic that such an ethnically diverse bank appears to condone such outrageous acts of bullying, harassment and discrimination.'
Samba Financial Group strongly denies all Mr Dhanota’s allegations and is vigorously contesting his claim. The case continues.


UK politician refers Sikh journalist as 'ethnic extraction'

A UK politician had reportedly referred to a British-born Sikh journalist as 'some form of ethnic extraction', sparking a row over racism allegations.

Gawain Towler, who is the PR manager for UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage, used the phrase in a text referring to journalist Kiran Randhawa, who works in a London-based newspaper.


According to The Independent, the news came to light after Towler, who will be a UKIP candidate in next year's European elections, mistakenly sent the text to a photographer instead of a party colleague.

Condemning Towler's remarks, Conservative Party MP Nadhim Zahawi said that no one in this age should use such language especially if they want to be seen as fit to run the country.

However, Towler, who had later apologised to Randhawa, strongly denied that he had made the comment in a racist context, saying that his partner is an Indian.


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If you don't stand up to a bully when he is abusing you, he will just continue with his abuse. They see non-reaction as a sign of weakness. In many cases, when others see a bully abusing a victim, he will get 2 or 3 scumbags who will form a team with the bully in abusing the victim as was the case in this story where two other men also joined in.

Hope he sues for more money.

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