Mohamed Elharragui felt a mixture of anger and fear when he saw the graffiti on the men’s room wall at the warehouse where he worked.
In a photo he said he took with his cell phone that morning at Crown Bolt in North Middleton Twp., the scrawled words are green against a beige wall: “Kill the Mexicans, kill the Iraqs, kill the Muslums.”
The next day, the profane threats ranted not only against Muslims but against Allah, the Arabic word for God, Elharragui said.
A manager expressed dismay and had the graffiti effaced, but there was no “big meeting to talk to the people,” Elharragui said.
Three weeks ago, he and 17 other workers — mostly African immigrants and Muslims — walked out of a workplace they said was biased.
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission said Friday that it has filed a complaint against Crown Bolt on behalf of the workers. The complaint alleges that they were harassed and denied benefits on the basis of ancestry and religion and that their religious practice was not reasonably accommodated, spokeswoman Shannon Powers said. She provided no details. . .
The 18 Crown Bolt workers — many of them immigrants from war-torn Somalia and Sudan — contacted the local chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Somali Community of Central Pennsylvania, which took the case to the commission. (MORE)