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    Jun 18, 2009, 07:54 PM
    Discrimination
    I am a PhD international student and teaching assistant in one of the US state universities.
    Our department gives us offices and desks. I have noticed that the department have split international students ( 3 of us ) in a room and put the US students in another romm which is quite better and more comfort than ours. In the end of the year they told us that we have to vacate the room to a professor that is being recently hired and they are looking for a new room for us. I just told to the department in an email, that I feel spiting international students from US students and choosing us in particular to move us around each year and leave us unsettled , I feel that this is a kind of discrimination. I was just wondering and worried of the fact that it might be a discrimination. I found that the department was very angry and dissatisfied with me and they told me that using the " Discrimination " term is inappropriate and very offensive and I might get badly penalized because of this.
    I am new in US and I wonder if using this word is very big serious matter. They consider that to be accusation although It was just a feeling form my part. Do they have the right to become so anger and dissatisfied of me because of this ? Do they the right to penalize me ?
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    Jun 19, 2009, 07:25 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by hgd7833 View Post
    I am new in US and I wonder if using this word is very big serious matter. They consider that to be accusation although It was just a feeling form my part. Do they have the right to become so anger and dissatisfied of me because of this ? Do they the right to penalize me ?
    Hello h:

    The only reason they would have to become angry, is if you HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD, and they don't like getting caught. The word "discrimination" IS the proper one!

    Yes, it IS lonely to be the one who is calling out your major institution, but I support you, and there are others too. Don't let them intimidate you. If they attempt to penalize you, HIRE a lawyer.

    excon

    PS> I noticed you posted this in small claims... Your complaint has NOTHING to do with small claims.
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    Jun 19, 2009, 11:35 AM
    Thanks a lot. Now you told me I shouldn't post that issue in small claims. Where should I post it then ? Thanks
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    Jun 19, 2009, 11:41 AM

    Hello again, h:

    I didn't say you shouldn't. I just said that it has nothing to do with small claims. I guess you could have put in "other law". That seems to be the catchall category. Maybe one of the moderators will move it there, or you could PM one and ask them to...

    But, it's no big deal where it is.

    excon
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    May 13, 2010, 06:16 PM

    I just noticed this and moved it to a better area.

    Discrimination is a very very serious issue. If proven professors or college admin can lose their jobs and the college pay 1000's of dollars in law suits if it is proven to be true.

    Now a law suit in this can take years. But sadly often those complaining may be fired or gotten rid of for other issues.

    The one college I used to work at, there is a discrimination law suit, sadly I was a witness to some of it, The law suit had been going on for a couple years when I got called to give a statement. Well it was not a few months latter that a new manager found reasons ( not related to the law suit) to fire every employee that was in the law suit.

    So at this point, I may saw that you either need to drop it and hope the college does. Or move ahead with it

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