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Sikh student gets compensation in New Zealand racial harassment case

March 10, 2015 | By

Auckland: A Sikh student has been awarded 45,000 dollars in damages by a rights tribunal in New Zealand for racial harassment and humiliation he suffered at the hands of his Indian-origin employers.

Satnam Singh told the Human Rights Tribunal he suffered racial abuse, culminating in a physical assault, while employed for two months in Mount Roskill, a suburban area in the city of Auckland, The New Zealand Herald reported.

Satnam Singh was also paid less than minimum wage, earning between 6 to 7 dollars an hour. Store manager Shane Singh and his mother Raj Devi, who owns the business, did not respond to the claim and took no part in proceedings.

The decision of the tribunal said Singh took the part-time job in January 2012 after coming to New Zealand on a student visa.

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