UK Sikh sues bank over insult to turban

London, UK: A British Sikh is suing a bank where he worked for race and religious discrimination after colleagues allegedly interfered with his turban and asked whether it “flashed red in an emergency”.

Harminder Dhanota, an information technology manager, is claiming over £50,000 in damages from the London-based bank. He told an employment tribunal here this week how his workmates would dislodge his turban or put a sticky note saying “Sign here” on the back without his knowledge.

“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,” the 42-year-old and father of three told the Central London Employment Tribunal.

“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,” he said.

Dhanota, who worked in the IT department at the Mayfair office of Saudi bank Samba Financial Group in central London, claimed his boss Jack Tanna insulted his religion by showing him porn on a mobile phone, and asking him whether he was having sex with female colleagues. Samba Financial Group strongly denied all the allegations and is contesting Dhanota’s claim as the case continues.

Dhanota further said that Tanna allegedly boasted about organising prostitutes for “dirty Arab” business associates and would allegedly punch his arm, twist his fingers and hit him on the hand with a ruler.

“It is both shocking and ironic that such an ethnically diverse bank appears to condone such outrageous acts of bullying, harassment and discrimination,” Jay Joshi, Dhanota’s solicitor, told the Daily Telegraph.

Dhanota said after he began to complain vociferously about his mistreatment, he was sacked from his 37,500 pound-a-year job on claims of poor performance.

Source: The Tribune

3 comments

  1. To
    The Honourable President
    U.S.A.

    Sub: Deny Visa to Modi
    Respected Sir,

    1. Mr. Narinder Modi was involved in killing of innocent Muslims in Gujarat, India. He is being appointed as a person to be the Next Prime Minister of India.
    2. Mr. Narinder Modi of B.J.P. is in touch with Chief Minister of Punjab Prakash Singh Badal (Akali Dal Party) a Sikh Terrorist.
    3. If U.S.A. or their people are honest they will never grant Visa to Mr. Narinder Modi in any circumstances. Your actions will tell every thing.
    Thanking You,
    Date:
    Yours truly,
    (Hardeep Singh Sandhu)
    ___________________________________________________________
    Joint achievements of these two Political Parties B.J.P. / Akali Dal Badal
    1. They killed innocent Muslims in Gujarat, Genocide / 2002.
    2. They burned Godhara train in which three U.K. citizens died.
    3. They burned Australian Missionary. Two kids and their father were burnt alive.
    4. They ransacked Churches and raped Nuns in Uttar Pradesh.
    5. Now in September, they killed 100 innocent Muslims in Uttar Pradesh, Genocide / 2013.
    6. Weapons provided by Akali Dal Badal (Sikh Organisation) in all the above cases. Swords are provided by Sikh Community because in India only they have the authority to keep arms and ammunition like this in the name of religious Symbol.
    7. Sikh Turban and Swords are not religious Symbol. A Sikh religious body of Amritsar named S.G.P.C. is as corrupt like any other Hindu Fundamental Organisation.
    8. Ban these weapons as mentioned in Point No. 7.
    9. Now creditability and honesty lies on U.S.A. Govt. Administration.
    ________________________________________________________
    List of Persons/Organisations those who speak against Foreign Christians
    1. Mr. Narinder Modi of B.J.P.
    2. Mr. Yog Guru Baba Ram Dev of B.J.P.
    3. Mr. Rajnath Singh of B.J.P.
    4. Ms. Uma Bharti of B.J.P.
    5. Ms. Sushma Sawraj of B.J.P.
    The following Organisations are involved in riots:
    1. Bajrang Dal, R.S.S. and Shiv Sena

    ________________________________________________________
    The above mentioned Persons/Organisations opposed Ms. Sonia Gandhi of Congress (I) from becoming Prime Minister of India. The reason stated by B.J.P. was that she is a Christian Lady and her Origin is from Italy.

    Mr. Narinder Modi and Yog Guru Baba Ram Dev can be seen live on Indian Media spitting Venom against foreigners.
    ________________________________________________________
    It’s like double standard by granting Visa to these above culprits.

  2. To
    The Director Bank
    Mr. Jack Tanna.
    Sub: Turban is not a religious symbol
    Sir,
    1. Sikhs many time fight in Gurdwara their own religious place and remove each other Turban which they wear on Head.
    2. This is an argument point which is to be raised; Sikh is declaring that Turban is a religious symbol.
    3. Ask that Sikh if that Turban is a religious symbol then how can there be two Sikhs one wearing Turban and the other Sikh is not wearing Turban.
    4. There cannot be two Sikhs one wearing Turban on Head and other Sikh is not wearing Turban on Head.
    5. There can be no Sikh without Turban or Dhoti (Piece of Cloth) on Head.
    6. By suing it is self explanatory that Sikhs are using a wrong mean all over World to extract money from Peoples.
    Thanking You,
    Date:
    Yours truly,

    (H. S.)

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