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‘Heterophobia’ as hotel bans straights May 28, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, discrimination against lesbians, Equal Opportunity Act, Gay, Heterophobia, Heterophobic, heterosexual discrimination, Homosexual, homosexual hotel, hotel bans heterosexuals, straight, The Peel Hotel.
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An Australian hotel popular with gay men has won the right to refuse entry to heterosexuals and lesbians, officials and the owner said Monday.

The Peel Hotel in Melbourne won an exemption from the Equal Opportunity Act to prevent insults and abuse directed toward gays in its bars and nightclubs, owner Tom McFeely told AFP.

“The hotel predominantly markets itself towards homosexual males, towards gay men and we want to protect the integrity of the venue as well as continue to make the men feel comfortable,” McFeely said.

“When large numbers of heterosexuals or even lesbians are in the hotel that changes the atmosphere and many gay men can feel uncomfortable.”

The landmark decision by a civil tribunal gives the establishment — which does not offer accommodation — the right to refuse entry to people considered a threat to the safety and comfort of its patrons.

Helen Szoke, the chief executive of the Victoria state government’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, said the Peel Hotel’s gay clientele had experienced harassment, hostility and violence.

“(They) also have felt as though they’ve been like a zoo exhibit with big groups of women on hens’ parties coming to the club,” she said.

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Time Warner Needs to Check Bill Maher May 28, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Bill Maher, Bill Maher Bigot, Bill Maher discrimination against christians, Card, CARD Bigot, Christian, Discriminate, Discrimination, HBO, HBO Bill Maher, HBO discrimination, Imus, imus racism.
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NEW YORK, May 22 /Christian Newswire/ — HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” ran a show on May 18–repeated throughout this week–that began with an attack on the late Rev. Jerry Falwell and then devolved into an assault on Catholicism:

 

“And it’s easy to start a religion! Watch, I do it for you: I had a vision last night! A vision! The Blessed Virgin Mary came to me–I don’t know how she got past the guards–and she told me it’s high time to take the high ground from the Seventh Day Adventists and give it to the 24-hour party people. And what happens in the confessional stays in the confessional. Gay men, don’t say you’re life partners, say you’re a nunnery of two. ‘We weren’t having sex, officer; I was performing a very private Mass, here in my car. I was letting my rod and staff comfort him. Take this and eat of it, [our emphasis] for this is my roommate Barry. And for all those who believe there is a special place for you in Kevin.”

 

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded this way:

 

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Pregnancy discrimination is on the rise May 21, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, David Grinberg, Discriminate, Discrimination, Elaina Smiley, Family and Medical Leave Act, pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, pregnancy discrimination complaints.
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By Eve Tahmincioglu

I think I should set the record straight about something quite a few readers ask about: Pregnancy discrimination is indeed illegal.

You hear that, employers out there?

You cannot refuse to hire a woman because she is pregnant. You cannot fire her because she is pregnant. You cannot demote her or dock her pay because she is pregnant. Even if you ask a woman about her child-rearing plans, and don’t do the same of your male job applicants or employees, that’s a no-no.

Seems pretty basic. Alas, not to everyone.

Despite the fact that we supposedly live in a society that is becoming more understanding, and corporate America tells us more supportive, of work-life balance, the number of pregnancy discrimination complaints across the country is actually on the rise, big time.

“The increase in pregnancy discrimination charge filings and lawsuits is cause for concern,” says David Grinberg, a spokesman for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Such charges filed with the EEOC, state and local agencies jumped nearly 19 percent to a record 4,901 last year, from 3,977 in 1997.

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Weight and Height May be Added to Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Laws May 18, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Height discrimination, Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, Race, Weight discrimination.
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Ellen Frankel stands just 4-foot-8 1/2 inches tall, a size that allowed larger co-workers to playfully scoop her up at the office and make remarks about her height. Some even patted her on the head.

Lawmakers are considering complaints such as hers as they review a bill that would make Massachusetts just the second state to bar discrimination based on height or weight.

“People in authority will very easily make comments about height that they wouldn’t make about race or gender,” said Frankel, a Marblehead author.

Jeanne Toombs understands the frustration. She says overweight people routinely are discriminated against because of their size.

“It’s not fair. No matter what you think of fat people, they deserve to be treated like human beings,” said Toombs, 59, a piano teacher who weighs 300 pounds and is on the board of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance.

The proposed law does not define short or fat. It would apply mainly to the workplace but also to landlords and real estate transactions.

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Discrimination debate: Women-only hotel floors May 18, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Crowne Plaza, Crowne Plaza discrimination, Dhaval Brahmbhatt, Discriminate, Discrimination, discrimination against males, Gloria Allred, Grand Rapids, Hotel Floors women only, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, Marriott hotel, Marriott hotel discriminate, Marriott hotel discrimination, Marriott hotel women's only floor, men-only lounges, Women-Only, Women-only hotel floors, Women_only hotel.
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When a hotel sets aside a floor and a lounge for women only, is it discrimination or good business?

As TODAY co-host Matt Lauer discovered, it might be both, depending on whom you ask.

“It is discrimination,” said Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred. “You are excluding men from the lounge. Are we going to have male-only lounges as we used to have? No. What we want are equal rights. Not more rights, not less rights, but equal rights.”

“Of course it’s for the bottom line,” countered Donny Deutsch of CNBC’s The Big Idea. It’s also a great idea, he added. “They’re in the business of helping and serving their customers. This is catering to women’s needs. It’s hospitality. What is wrong?”

The discussion was sparked when the new Marriott hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich., said it will set aside its 19th floor for women only. For an extra $30 a night, women will get such amenities as special hair dryers and toiletries.

They also get a women-only lounge where they can enjoy a drink without worrying about men hitting on them.

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Bank Of America Sued For Race Discrimination May 18, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, anti-Black discrimination, Bank of America discrimination, Bank of America racism, Bank of America Racist, Black, Blacks, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, North Carolina, Racism, Racist.
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Five black current and former employees of Bank of America Corp. have sued the second-largest U.S. bank, accusing it of racial discrimination by steering lucrative clients to their white counterparts.The 29-page complaint, filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Boston, contends that the bank discriminates against African-Americans in pay, promotions, training and support services.

It said the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank regularly teams African-American workers together and assigns them to largely minority neighborhoods and low net-worth clients.

When the workers complained, according to the lawsuit, the bank said it believed that clients are more “comfortable” dealing with bankers and brokers of their own race.

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‘Elderly’ drivers seek freedom from DMV ageism May 8, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in age limit driving, Card, Citizens Against Discrimination, Discriminate, discrimination against the Elderly, DMV, DMV discrimination, driving discrimination.
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Once an adult, twice a child, the old wives’ wit goes. If you live long enough, you might be unfortunate enough to leave this world the way you entered it: needing diapers.
Most senior citizens do their best to maintain as much of their freedom and dignity as they can until that unhappy helpless moment arrives. They don’t need meddlesome legislators to drive them to dependence prematurely.
Besides, what constitutes “elderly” anyway? Recently I was forced to ponder this burning baby boomer’s question and decided that it really boils down to a matter of perception.
I heard a report of “an elderly woman’s” body being found after a fire. She was 60. Sixty is elderly? Sure, if you are a 20-something television copywriter; not if you are a 50-something columnist.
Still, young marketers in this youthful, health-conscious era try to sell us on an “active adult” image in which 60 is the new 40, 50 is the new 30 and so on. Then reality bites, usually when you can’t get your achy bones out of bed in the morning. Or you figure out on your own that it’s best to avoid driving at the height of rush hour. Age, they wistfully argue, is nothing but a number.
But that magic senior number, set at 75 by the District’s Department of Motor Vehicles, is just plain arbitrary.

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Religious Discrimination 101: On The College Campus May 8, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Alan Cooperman, anti-Christian, Card, Christian, Christians, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, college, College discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Gary A. Tobin, Institute for Jewish and Community Research, professor discrimination, Religion, religous discrimination, university.
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Alan Cooperman wrote a interesting story for the Washington Post that talks about the views that college faculty have towards religion. Specifically it seems that negative views of evangelical Christians topped the list in the one study that was done:

The other survey, by the San Francisco-based Institute for Jewish and Community Research, confirmed those findings but also found what the institute’s director and chief pollster, Gary A. Tobin, called an “explosive” statistic: 53 percent of its sample of 1,200 college and university faculty members said they have “unfavorable” feelings toward evangelical Christians.

A graph accompanying the story drove the point home. By comparison, only three percent of faculty members had unfavorable feelings toward Jews. What’s funny is that the latter survey was designed to gauge anti-Semitism.

The only groups with significantly negative responses were Christians and Muslims. A full third of faculty had negative views toward Mormons, with 22 percent reporting unfavorable views toward Muslims, 18 percent with negative feelings toward atheists, 13 percent with negative feelings toward Roman Caholics, 10 percent with negative feelings toward the non-religious, nine percent with negative feelings toward non-evangelical Christians and four percent reporting negative views toward Buddhists.

Link to the full article at washingtonpost.com

Audit uncovers discrimination against disabled in Newton housing May 3, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in audit, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Committee for People with Disabilities, Disability Law Center, Disabled, Discriminate, Discrimination, discrimination against disabled, Discrimination against people with disabilities, discrimination in housing, housing discrimination, minority group, Murphy, Newton housing, The Newton Fair Housing Task Force.
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The woman called a real estate agent looking to rent an apartment, and indicated that she uses a wheelchair. Despite promising to call her back about prospects, the agent never did.

Another person without a disability called the same agent and was shown an apartment.

A man who is blind called an agent about renting a unit in a three-family, owner-occupied building. The agent asked if the man had pets, and he acknowledged using a guide dog. The agent said the owner lived below the available apartment, and the guide dog “would drive her crazy.” The man did not get the apartment.

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Disgraced shock jock Imus to sue CBS Radio May 3, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, Black, Blacks, Card, CBS Racism, Discriminate, Discrimination, Don Imus, Imus, Imus in the Morning, imus racism, Imus Racist, Imus Radio, Martin Garbus, MSNBC, nappy, nappy headed, nappy headed hos, Racism, Racist, Rutgers women's basketball team.
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A lawsuit will be Don Imus’s rejoinder to CBS Radio, which fired the controversial U.S. radio host after his recent racist and sexist comments about a university-level women’s basketball team.

Imus has hired lawyer Martin Garbus, a First Amendment specialist, to help him sue his former employer.

Garbus said on Thursday that he expects to file a breach of contract suit on behalf of Imus by next week.

According to Garbus, part of the host’s CBS contract acknowledged his services to be “irreverent” and “controversial.”

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House approves bill that bans discrimination based on genetics May 3, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, gene discrimination, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, genetics, Human Genome Project.
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After more than a dozen years of working on the issue, Congress is rightly poised to clear a bill that would prohibit insurers and employers from using genetic information as a source of discrimination.The bill, which cleared the U.S. House last week, bans employers from using one’s genetic information in making hiring, firing or promotion decisions. Likewise, insurers would be prohibited from denying coverage or charging higher premiums based on a person’s genetic disposition to certain diseases.

The benefits of prohibiting such discrimination are clear. For starters, it would alleviate the fear of losing jobs or health insurance coverage for those in need of crucial genetic testing for medical reasons.

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007 cleared the House with a 420-3 vote. The bill is expected to easily pass in the Senate, and President Bush has said he will sign it.

The government has already invested $3.7 billion in the Human Genome Project. The ban on genetic discrimination would ensure the job is completed, with proper protections that safeguard individual privacy and allow us to make the most of scientific research.

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Caucasophobia — the Accepted Racism April 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Accepted Racism, African Americans, African Studies, African-American, Allen G. King, Anti-White, anti-white racism, Asian, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Black, Blacks, Caucasophobia, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, David Horowitz, Discriminate, Discrimination, Hispanic, Howard University Racism, Immigration, Islam, Kamau Kambon, Latino, Muslim, non-white racism, Racism, Racist, René Descartes, reverse racism, Shelby Steele, Wangari Maathai, White, Whites.
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From globalpolitician.com :

I had written much of this essay more than a year before I finally decided to post it online. A couple of personal experiences brought me onto the subject of non-white racism. I hesitated to post it, mainly because I instinctively dislike writing about anything related to race. I was brought up that way. Partly, I also convinced myself that I was first and foremost against Islam, and that writing about skin color would only complicate this fight.

However, after thinking about it for some time, I find that none of these arguments hold true. I am tired of ideological censorship. Western nations can never mount a defense against Muslim immigration if this is always dismissed as “racism.” But above all, if you believe that non-white racism exists, it is actually immoral not to deal with the problem and its victims. I am convinced that not just non-white, but also anti-white racism, are real and underestimated phenomena.

In London, an elderly driver who had a heart attack careered into a bus. Here you had a dying man, people trying to save him and police trying to clear the scene. Meanwhile, black youths at the scene just wanted to fight the cops. They shouted, ‘Who cares — it’s just a white man’.”

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College Instructor Claims Discrimination From ‘Boys Club’ April 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Annette Barbier, Boys Club, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, College discrimination, Columbia College, Debbie Sandlin, Discriminate, Discrimination, gender discrimination, instructor.
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CHICAGO — A long-time instructor and technician at Columbia College Chicago claims she was fired after she reported alleged discrimination from her colleagues.  Debbie Sandlin was hired at Columbia College, at 600 S. Michigan Ave., on Sept. 22, 1997 and held the position of full-time computer technician and part-time instructor at the time of her firing on May 19, 2006, according to a suit filed Thursday in federal court.  Sandlin first approached the assistant vice president of human resources at the college, Stephanie Griffin, in September 2005 to discuss her unfair treatment and the “boys club” environment that discluded her from the decision-making process because she was female, the suit said.

Subsequent to that meeting, Sandlin met with her department chair, Annette Barbier, to discuss her claims of disparate treatment. Barbier was upset with Sandlin for taking her sexual discrimination complaints to human resources, and wanted her “gone” as a result, according to the suit.

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Laid Off Employees Sue Circuit City For Age Discrimination April 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Age Discrimination, Circuit City, Circuit City Age discrimination, Circuit City Lawsuit, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Daniel Weidler, Discriminate, Discrimination, Eloise Garcia, Lawsuit, Michael Yezback.
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Three Circuit City employees laid off last week have sued the electronics retailer, alleging it violated California law prohibiting age discrimination. Daniel Weidler, Michael Yezback and Eloise Garcia, who worked at the Circuit City store in Oxnard, also alleged wrongful termination in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The suit, which seeks class action status, names Richmond-based Circuit City Stores Inc. as the defendant.

The company, facing larger competitors and falling sales, said last week that it would immediately lay off 3,400 workers earning “well above the market-based salary range for their role” and replace them with lower-paid new hires. Five of those workers are in our area.

The laid-off workers would get a severance package and a chance to reapply for their former jobs, at lower pay, after 10 weeks, the company said.

Weidler, Yezback, and Garcia claimed they were let go because they were better paid than other workers thanks to their higher seniority at the store.

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Is Oprah Winfrey Racist? April 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in African-American, Anti-White, Black, Discriminate, Discrimination, Gayle King, good white folks, Oprah, Oprah School, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey Racism, Oprah Winfrey Racist, Racism, Racist, Racist Oprah, Racist school, School, XM, XM Racism, XM Radio, XM satellite radio.
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In September of 2006, TMZ.com had an article on their site that was entitled “Oprah Lords Over White Folk, Talks Poop on XM.” In this article it talks about how Oprah brags with her friend Gayle King on XM satellite radio about how she has an almost all white staff, and calls them “good white folks.” More recently, it seems that the Oprah’s racism is demonstrated through her girls school that was opened in Africa which is almost exclusively an all black school. When asked about this she claims that she does not have to appease the white people in the country. Yet, in another news clip she declares that she will not rest until every ‘black boy’ and every ‘black girl’ has had a chance to prove their worth.

Indianapolis city officials accused of religious discrimination March 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in ADF, anti-Christian, Baptist Church of the Westside, Card, Christian, Christians, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, city zoning, David Langdon, Discriminate, Discrimination, Indianapolis, Indianapolis discrimination, zoning code discrimination.
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A Baptist church in Indianapolis is standing its ground in a dispute with city officials over alleged violations concerning zoning codes. The Alliance Defense Fund is appealing the decision of a federal judge that could prevent the church members from meeting in their leased facilities.

Last month, city officials in Indianapolis sent a letter to the Baptist Church of the Westside, where members meet regularly at their leased building for worship and other church-related activities. The letter said the church’s “religious use” of the property violated the city’s zoning code.

A federal district court has refused to halt enforcement of the zoning code, so ADF attorneys are appealing that decision. David Langdon, an allied attorney with ADF, says churches should not be relegated to second-class status by city zoning officials.

“The city has indicated that they’re going to pursue legal action against the church, which could involve severe fines up to $2,500 a day as well as possibly seek an injunction from a court shutting them down, preventing them from meeting and from worshipping on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday nights and so forth.”

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Affirmative action ‘a new form of apartheid’ in South Africa March 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in affirmative action, affirmative-action policies, Africa, Black, Black Management Forum, Blacks, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, FF+, Freedom Front Plus, ILO, International Labour Organisation, Mncane Mthunzi, Racism, Racist, reverse racism, South Africa, White, Whites, Willie Spies.
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It is becoming increasingly clear that some in the African National Congress want to ensconce affirmative action as a permanent measure and thus enforce a new form of apartheid, the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) said on Tuesday.

The party intends asking the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to pay urgent attention to its complaint about affirmative action, handed to the ILO’s Pretoria office on Youth Day last year, FF+ spokesperson Willie Spies said.

The complaint specifically deals with the fact that affirmative action in South Africa is increasingly being given a permanent nature, and that the position is being worsened through often-repeated populist statements in this regard by Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana.

“Mdladlana has this past weekend once again made the news when he said affirmative action will never be phased out in South Africa, but to the contrary will be sharpened.”

Spies said that going by Mdladlana’s past statements, it is clear he not only condones black-against-white prejudice, but even encourages it. “The ILO should take note of Mdladlana’s reckless actions in this regard.”

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Arab Drivers Win Right To Pursue Discrimination Case Against FedEx March 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Arab, Arabs, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Discrimination against Arabs, discrimination policy, FedEx, Islam, Islamic, Lawsuit, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Osama bin Laden, Racism against Arabs, Terrorist, Terrorists.
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Four Arab-American drivers who claim they were harassed by their FedEx supervisors in Massachusetts have won the right to pursue their case. The men say they were called “terrorists” and asked if they were sending money to Osama bin Laden.

FedEx argued that the four were independent contractors and weren’t eligible for protections under the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination denied that objection saying the drivers were employees.

The four foreign-born drivers are Massachusetts residents and practicing Muslims.

The lawsuit claims the company’s ground package unit and two of its terminal supervisors engaged in a pattern of racial, ethnic and religious discrimination.

A FedEx spokesman declined to comment on the case, but did say FedEx doesn’t tolerate behavior that violates their discrimination policy.

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Is Barack Obama’s Church Racist? March 5, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Barack Obama racist, Black Value System, Discriminate, Discrimination, Obama's church racist, Racism, Racist, racist church, Trinity United Church of Christ.
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Company Owner Suspected Of Discrimination March 2, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Adolf Hitler, Anita Ivanesic, Anti-Semitic, Discriminate, Discrimination, hitler, hitler sugar packets, Jew, Jews, Nazi, Pinki, Pozega State Attorney, Racism, racism against the Jewish, Racist, sugar, sugar packets.
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Anita Ivanesic, as the Pinki company owner, is suspected of committing felony of racial discrimination by allowing sugar packets with the character of Adolf Hitler printed on them, as well as anti-Semitic content.

Prosecution believes that the 35-year-old woman should be questioned, as well as a larger number of witnesses during the inquest.

As the Jutarnji list daily writes, the Pozega State Attorney’s office will decide on the charges after the inquest is finalised.

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