October 1, 2011 12:40 AM Subscribe
Righting social injustice, and racism, in investment banking
posted by earthwalker7 to work & money (15 answers total)
Dear MetaFilter - a request for advice:
A friend of mine is debating a lawsuit against a major corporation on the basis of racial and religious discrimination.
I'd like to know whom she can contact for legal advice (ACLU? other social justice affiliated bodies or law firms?).
She is Jewish, working for a giant global investment and commercial bank which hired her for Dubai, and when she asked if it should be of concern that she's Jewish and has traveled to Israel, but HR said it was not an issue. The US consulate similarly assured her this was not an issue, from a passport/visa/regulations standpoint. She spent 1 year in Dubai, but by chance the country head and COO of the business in Dubai (a Christian British national) found out that she was Jewish.
He called her in, told her that it was a "mistake" for the company to have sent her to Dubai, and that her presence, because of her religion, threatened their business and reputation. He insisted that she burn her passport and report it stolen to the US government (I'm no lawyer, but that sounds like destruction of federal property, perjury, and providing false witness of a crime to the State Department, and sounds like it might be a felony).
When she refused to perjure herself to the US government, the COO became enraged, told her that this would significantly affect her performance review and her career with the company, and that he could use his government contacts to have her taken in for questioning by the authorities and interrogated if she did not comply.
When she continued to refuse he had the company remove her role in Dubai, ended her work visa in UAE, and had her relocated to another country overseas.
Is there an agency that should be alerted?
Is there a group that can help see some justice done so that the company cannot harm others in such a way in the future?