Filipina American Nurse Harassed at H&M
I got this press release and thought I should post it up. Just shows that racism towards Asian Americans is so real, and that it doesn’t carry the same weight as racism towards African Americans. Racism has become such a binary, and I really hope that H&M files their employee, and re-evaluates their hiring practices.
Asian American Institute Represents Filipino American Nurse
Harassed by H&M Employee
For Immediate Release
September 24, 2007
Contact: Myron Dean Quon, Esq.
AAI Legal Director
(Chicago, IL) – Asian American Institute filed a discrimination complaint
with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, seeking redress for
Frannie Richards, a Filipino American nurse who suffered anti-Asian and
sex-based harassment at the Magnificent Mile H&M department store. The
harassment included “mail-order bride” comments, ridicule concerning Ms.
Richards’ ability to understand English, as well as mocking “ching, ching,
chang” noises by an H&M employee.
“Anti-Asian, xenophobic, and misogynist verbal attacks still happen on a
daily basis,” said Asian American Institute Legal Director Myron Dean Quon.
“Asian American women, like Ms. Richards, should never have to deal with
this type of harassment, in Chicago no less.”
This past September, when Ms. Richards entered H&M to go shopping for
clothes, she had no idea that she would be the victim of a hostile and
threatening environment. “As a registered nurse and retired U.S. Air Force
Reserve Staff Sgt., I knew that I had to enforce my civil rights, for myself
and other Asian American women. Because H&M refused to discipline this
employee, I immediately thought of my own female relatives and friends. The
workplace usage of disparaging anti-Asian slurs should require the
termination of that H&M employee.”
Quon noted that Asian Americans should be able to visit retail
establishments and other businesses without having to endure a humiliating
and offensive environment. Asian American Institute will represent Ms.
Richards based her claim that H&M violated the City’s Human Rights
Ordinance, when the employee harassed Ms. Richards and also when in it
refused her request to file a formal complaint. Chicago’s
anti-discrimination ordinances guard against discrimination, including
anti-Asian and sex-based discrimination, when the discriminatory incident
takes place in Chicago and involves employment, housing, public
accommodations, credit, or bonding.
Myron Dean Quon is the attorney on Richards v. H&M Hennes & Mauritz, Case
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community through advocacy, by utilizing research, education, and