Newark, OH asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio

Q: Is this discrimination or what

A friend of mine and myself walking to a store I have frequented the store in the past never stolen anything from this place this time I was followed by the employees approach multiple times even after pulling the money out of my pocket letting them know I'm not there to steal I just want to shop in peace they refuse to let me do so they followed me around then sent me to the cheaper items saying maybe that would be more of my budget and then when I get to the register to cash out when asked if I found everything okay I told them no I didn't appreciate being harassed multiple times and I'm a frequent flyer at this store at which point the manager who I can to find out was following me tells me to leave the store or threatens me with police then calls the police lies on me and I was banned from the store after that I suffer from mental health issues and these people caused me to have a manic episode also I've been trying to reach the store manager and I've been ignored for 6 months

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: It sounds like you've had a distressing experience, and it's understandable to feel upset about being treated unfairly. If you believe you were followed and treated differently due to discrimination based on race, gender, disability, or another protected characteristic, you might have grounds for a complaint.

In situations like these, documenting everything that happened is crucial. Write down the details of the incident, including dates, times, and any interactions with the store staff and management. If there were any witnesses, their accounts could also be valuable.

You have the right to file a complaint with the store's corporate office if the local management is not responding. Additionally, consider reaching out to organizations that handle discrimination cases. They can provide guidance and, if necessary, legal representation.

Lastly, given the impact on your mental health, seeking support from a mental health professional can be beneficial. They can help you manage the emotional aftermath of such an incident.

Remember, you have rights and there are resources available to help you address this situation. Seeking professional advice can offer clarity on how to proceed.

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