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California Lawmakers Approve A Resolution Opposing Anti-Semitism

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2017 | Discrimination

California lawmakers have recently passed a resolution in response to the rise of anti-Semitic incidents. There have been too many incidents of verbal discrimination, targeted assaults, and cemetery desecrations across the state in recent years. Lawmakers believe this new resolution will help put a stop to these hateful acts.

Jews have been targeted throughout history, particularly in the United States where they still remain the number one target of multiple hate crimes. If you have noticed discrimination at work against Jews, contact a California employment discrimination lawyer.

Anti-Semitic incidents have increased since the elections. From hostile graffiti, e-mails, physical assaults, and bomb threats, the number of hateful acts keeps accelerating. Some studies show the political situation has in part led to the increase. However, President Donald Trump has criticized these incidents as “horrible and painful.”

Extremists and anti-Semites continue spreading their hatred with hundreds of anonymous bomb threats and other incidents across 30 states. Unfortunately, technology allows these harassers to discriminate against Jews anonymously so it is difficult for authorities to discover their identity. These haters speak freely online and people follow them.

Anti-Semitic Incidents Rise In California

Anti-Semitic incidents have risen 21% in California over the past two years and about 34% nationally, spiking 86% during the first quarter of 2017. There have been over 211 incidents including bomb threats, and other incidents throughout Los Angeles. Lawmakers are taking a stand against anti-Semitism and any other type of discrimination. Some Anti-Semitic incidents include:

  • A hacked electronic construction road that read, “Gas the Jews.”
  • A flyer was faxed to colleges saying Jews have destroyed the country.
  • A student wearing a Nazi uniform.
  • The word “Holohoax” is written around a campus.

Discrimination In The Workplace

Anti-Semitic incidents have also increased in the workplace. Race discrimination is difficult to identify but with the help of a qualified attorney, these victims can file a complaint and receive compensation for the maltreatment. Employers, who fail to take preventive actions against the individual(s) responsible for the discrimination, may be held liable for allowing these discriminatory practices.

Filing A Discrimination Claim

If you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace, consult a California workplace discrimination attorney about your rights. It is important you ask an attorney as there may be incidents of race discrimination that are not considered racial harassment, including discrimination in hiring, promoting, and firing.

Some employers request information regarding the applicant’s race, which suggests this information will be used when making hiring decisions. However, sometimes these companies may have a legitimate reason for requesting this information such as tracking applicant flow. Whether you are a Jew, Muslim, Asian, African American, or Hispanic, discrimination, and harassment at the workplace are wrong.

While the battle against the spread of anti-Semitic ideas continues, many hope that all will end well. As World War II Holocaust victim Anne Frank once wrote: “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”