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News :: Education : Labor
Workers, Students and Community Members Rally for Patricia, Nassim & Paul
31 Jul 2015
On a scorching July 30, IWW members, the Student Labor Action Movement, and allies protested discrimination against Harvard workers Patricia, Nassim and Paul. Nassim was forced to pick between being laid off or demoted three salary grades, after standing up to a racist boss and defending co-workers (including one who was sexually harassed).
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Paul was laid off after 30+ years of work by a manager who saw him as disabled, just weeks after he returned to work following hip replacement surgery. Patricia returned from a disability leave to her job in Harvard Planning and Project Management, and was immediately put on a “performance management plan.” Soon Patricia was slapped with a verbal warning. Recently she was threatened in writing with being fired. The only African American member of her unit, Patricia faces special scrutiny and hyper-supervision, while white colleagues enjoy flexibility and autonomy. Supporters handed out hundreds of flyers and were photographed repeatedly by curious passers-by, many of whom took leaflets exposing Harvard’s discriminatory employment policies. We’ll continue to keep up the pressure until Patricia, Nassim and Paul get justice! Other participants in the action included members of Socialist Alternative, SEIU and Veterans for Peace.
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