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This Latina Was Harassed By Her Trump Supporting Co-Workers, Now She’s Suing

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Iowa, a state named after Native Americans, has just produced one of the more troubling stories to come out of the national cancer known as the “Trump Effect.” Thirty-two year old mother of one, Alexandra Avila, has filed a suit against her former employer — Sedgwick Claims Management Services — alleging that she was the victim of racially motivated harassment from her co-workers. According to the Washington Post, Alexandra’s coworkers bullied her over a period of several months, using the kind of anti-immigrant rhetoric Donald Trump has promoted during his run for the presidency.

Though Alexandra isn’t an immigrant, that didn’t stop her co-workers from ridiculing her.

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The list of harassment Alexandra allegedly faced at the hands of her coworkers is infuriating.

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According to the lawsuit, Alexandra’s troubles began shortly after she expressed anger over Trump’s “rapists and criminals” remark. In the months following, her coworkers basically did everything they could to demean and belittle her, the lawsuit claims. She was called “illegal immigrant,” even though she was born in the U.S. The screensaver photo of her daughter was replaced with a photo of Trump, and when she switched it back, her coworkers just did it again and again. She was signed up for Trump’s newsletters.

Alexandra’s coworkers sent her offensive memes like this and the one above.

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When Alex complained to higher-ups, the company accused her of falsifying her timecards. Eventually she was fired, but that didn’t stop her coworkers from continuing their harassment. She received a Facebook invite to a Trump rally, allegedly sent by a former coworker. And a box of her belongings — which she had left at work — arrived in the mail with this message inside: “Illegal immigrants can’t vote or work. Good luck finding a job.”

So far Alexandra’s former employer, Sedgwick, has declined to comment.

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Though her former employer has not released a statement, Alexandra’s lawyer, Paige Fiedler told the Washington Post:

“It’s been a weird political season where one candidate is taking public stances on things that, if the same words were said in the workplace, might constitute violations of our civil rights laws. His candidacy has emboldened some people to feel like that doesn’t violate social norms anymore.”

Alexandra’s harassment isn’t rare, sadly. The #TrumpEffect reveals how frightened people are of this movement towards racism masquerading as the cure to political correctness.

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Every day, people post tweets like these, highlighting the devastating effects of the #TrumpEffect.

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The roots of the “Trump Effect” have found fertile soil in the hearts of impressionable bullies emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric, making harassment like the kind Alexandra allegedly faced increasingly common. And though many people claim that immigration isn’t a problem if it’s done legally, for the most part, people who are willing to hurl slurs in the street don’t care about the nuances of legal immigration. These people see brown skin the way a bull sees red. And legal immigrants often find themselves in the crosshairs of hateful people who are only capable of quoting bumper stickers and posting glib comments on message boards that undermine real conversations about the topic at hand. This kind of hate isn’t immigration’s fault, and it wasn’t Alexandra’s.


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Did The Republicans Just Throw Trump Under The Bus With This Political Advertisement?

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Did The Republicans Just Throw Trump Under The Bus With This Political Advertisement?

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This Wednesday, the Republican Party began airing its first Spanish-language television ad aimed at Latino voters.  The 30-second spot — currently airing on Telemundo and Univision — reminds Latinos that the GOP is working on issues that “give a voice to all Americans.” These issues include lowering taxes to help small businesses — a very important concern for Latino business owners. Between 2007 and 2012, Latinos represented around 86 percent of the small business growth in the U.S., almost single handedly responsible for growth during one of the worst economic crashes in the U.S. The GOP’s advertisement also addressed national security and school choice, a program that would allocate money for alternative educations, like charter schools, aimed at lower income families. The people targeted by “school choice” are definitely in need of help, but the program has many flaws.

No mention of Donald Trump, though.

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The ad was created by the GOP to remind voters of the important issues rather than their candidate, Donald Trump, who hasn’t exactly been kind to Latinos. During his run for office, Trump’s team has failed to generate any political advertisements for Spanish-language channels, which highlights one of his biggest problems — the failure to see Latino voters as demographic that’s worth reaching. Hector Barreto, president of the Hispanic Business Roundtable Institute, chided Trump’s failure by saying, “He either doesn’t care or believes he can win without Hispanic support.”

That said, several Super PACs have created ads aimed at Latino voters, on behalf of Mr. Trump.

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This is what donor money can buy.

In the wake of the GOP’s advertisement, team Hillary tweeted out a response, reminding Latino voters of Trump’s history… of being Donald Trump.

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The minute-long ad highlights the numerous times Trump has thrown Latinos under the bus to further his political agenda.

After watching these kinds of political advertisements, the question shouldn’t be what can politicians do for Latinos, it should be, what can Latinos do for politicians? They’ll find out on Tuesday, November 8.


Read: John Oliver Exposes Just How Badly Latino Students Are Getting Screwed

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