Monday, September 15, 2014

Closing File HRTO 2013-14459-I

Today I have slept and taken a sigh of relief a year and a half after the racist incident at a club in Peterborough which changed my life. This is the outcome of it.

I was target of racial slur, stereotype and discrimination outside of a club in downtown Peterborough on the night on May 10th in 2013. This incident which covered in extensive detail in my previous blog on May 11th, 2013.

I was told by the bouncer of the said club that I was a smelly East Indian in need of a deodorant and I should go home and get one. After being disgusted, humiliated and stunned by the incident, I decided to report it to the owners of the club who instead of trying to address my concerns called me “drunk” and at the same time stated that they had “yet to speak to the specific bouncer about the incident” on local news in Chex TV – Peterborough on May 13th 2014.

This actually made me furious as I am an abstainer who does not drink or get involved in any such activities. I decided to take the club to my 3000 strong social media followers to hold the owners of the club accountable.

Instead of trying to apologize and mend the matter, the owner of the club sent me the most arrogant unapologetic email saying that I displayed “drunk like” behavior, not that I was drunk.

That incident not only changed the way I see things but it also made me stronger in pursuit of justice and I decided to pursue the case at Human Rights Tribunal.

This has been a year long journey of resilience, resistance, building communities and staying committed to principles for me. I learnt that It will never be an easy process but it will always be worth it.

We are here today as our ancestors made resilient choices. Fighting racism whether you are in smaller or huge metropolises is no different. There will always be people to support and there are resources for your fight.

I am really proud to say that I had community advocate Karolyn Givogue of Community Race Relations Committee (CRRC) – Peterborough. My year and half journey would not have been possible without Karolyn and CRRC's support. 

I was represented by Kate Sellar of Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC) for the tribunal process. The Centre provides legal assistance to people in communities across Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary to the Human Rights Code.

I am happy with the settlement my lawyer has achieved for me for racial discrimination against the club (The terms of the settlement are confidential).

Standing up to racism, discrimination and harassment is an important part of encouraging people to speak up. Our communities need to know that there are venues where we can challenge systemic discrimination and racism. Our voices will always be heard and there is no power in the world to ignore us.

I am humbled by friendship of
Anark Istani, Andrey Gomes and Waris Husain. These three amazing men who encouraged me to go to Human Rights Tribunal Ontario for the racist incident at the club.  Today wouldn't have been possible without them.

I am really thankful to 
Karolyn Givogue, Saiyed Bukhari, Jeff Vansteenkiste, Jennifer Ramsay and Ayendri Perera; who came to my Tribunal with me on Friday, September 12th 2014.

Thank you Guerrillera Collective, Bloggers from BlogHer, Anonymous community from #OpRacism, Safeworld Community from England & Australia, Vanessa Rivera, Isabella Summers, Katherine Grama, Kristen Hamley, Graeme Johnson, Matthew Davidson, Shireen Ahmed, Samar Esapzai, Abdullah Alhomoud and all others who messaged me. It would not had been possible without support of all who messaged me from overseas and distant places.

We are United Against Racism and Our Communities will Never be Silenced!

Ayesha Asghar
Twitter: @ashsultana

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Meet Dave Brookes, sympathiser of Eliot Rodgers

Dave's account is probably a secondary, or tertiary account created solely to troll. Even some of his lady friends (ha! all his friends are female and conventionally attractive) are fake. That's Dave in a nutshell; a fake 'nice guy'.

This post comes up as a submission after this guy went to threat women and came out in support of Eliot Rodger, the guy who went on a killing spree and killed 9 women in Santa Barbara

If you find this piece of garbage on facebook, please report him. He is highly dangerous. He has gone to different forums and said how all “stupid sluts” need to be “killed”. Because you know some women chose to exercise their right to say “NO”

Friday, February 7, 2014

Unethical Employers

So I have been doing contractual job since I was forced to quit my job in early January and it has been extremely hard since.

These folks who are actually POC last week offered me full time employment due to which I thought it would be a good reason to quit my contractual work and now today they sent me an email as to how they can't have me anymore.

They basically asked me to do research into all the marketing strategies and after all of it was delivered.

After 4 days of tiresome work, they fired me, saying that they cannot have me anymore.

And now I am back to square zero with limited funds and worrying about how will I get by this month and next month.

I had no idea that there were so many unethical employers in Toronto area...

Friday, January 3, 2014

Horrible Employers: Working in freezing conditions

So who knew people could be terminated for reporting health & safety hazards at workplace #Toronto

So here is what happened, on Dec 10th at my workplace, heating went down and we were forced to work in freezing temperatures.

Adnan Topuz, Agentlocator, real estate
Day 1 of heating outage
It continued in that manner for at least two days with zero regard from management.

Adnan Topuz, Agentlocator, real estate
Day 2: Heating Outage

I had to take pictures of thermostat because you know our management just dismisses all complaints.

As per Ontario standards, for any workplace the lowest temperatures are suppose to be min. 18 degrees.

We were way below that and my fingers were freezing. I told that to management multiple times but nothing was done.

So today apparently Ministry of Labor called them and I subsequently got message from owner on FACEBOOK inbox.. Basically saying I was fired.

Adnan Topuz, Agentlocator, real estate

Adnan Topuz, Agentlocator, real estate

And here I thought it was actually illegal to terminate employment over reporting health and safety hazards in Ontario. My only consolation is that I was planning to leave the company anyway but I had to recieve the message 2 business days before my last day.

Addendum: After the owner saw my facebook rant, he emailed me saying that I was NOT fired because I was going to quit. I had to explain how things do not work that way, to which he mentioned that how I am "more than welcome to come back and complete 2 last days"

*MORE DEVELOPMENTS on #workplacehazard*

So my boss after looking at my fb rant, told me that I can come to the office and complete my 2 days

I asked COO of company as to how he wanted me to work to which he said wait for CEO, [guy who sent in the fb msg]

More drama ensued when CEO arrived, he said that he wanted to have meeting with me

Once he took me to conference room, he said, "Why would u post facebook status tht u were fired?"

Me: Becoz ur msg said so

Then he said, "I need doctor's note for u not showing up on Friday." Me: "I do not have doctor's note, I have prescription. It costs 4 note"

To which he said, "I do not want you to be here. You can go home now."

Him: "You can work from home" I said, "I do not have access to anything, how will I work." He dismissed me at that point.

Him: "You will be paid for the 2 days. I do not want you to be here"

And all of this humiliation ensued because I reported the company to Ministry of Labor for horrible labor practices.

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