Bay Area Sikh Community Reports Workplace Discrimination

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Men at the Sikh Center in El Sobrante describe their experiences facing discrimination, February 12, 2012. (CBS)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Sikh community leaders have told the U.S. Attorney in San Francisco that they face workplace discrimination and hate.

Sikhs, a religion often confused with Islam, told U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag on Sunday that they constantly struggle with discrimination and bigotry.

Haag’s visit to the Sikh Center in El Sobrante was designed to assure them the federal government is ready to respond to reports ranging from hate crimes to identity theft.

Haag was told Sikh’s face severe workplace discrimination and there was concern the FBI doesn’t specifically track anti-Sikh hate crimes, lumping them in with anti-Muslim crimes.

Haag promised to discuss the concerns with FBI officials.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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