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Who is Shadab Khan, faced homophobic discrimination at Salman Khan’s Being Human?

Shadab Khan, a 40-year-old gay man, has filed a writ petition against Salman Khan's Being Human Clothing in the Bombay High Court, alleging prolonged homophobic abuse and retaliation during his tenure as a Senior Business Development Manager

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Who is Shadab Khan faced homophobic discrimination at Salman Khan Being Human

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A 40-year-old gay man, Shadab Khan, has filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court against Salman Khan's Being Human Clothing (Four Aces Fashion House Private Limited), alleging prolonged homophobic abuse and retaliation for filing complaints during his over seven-year tenure as a Senior Business Development Manager in Mumbai.

According to an Instagram post by Yes, We Exist, an organization that raises awareness about the LGBTQIA+ community, Shadab Khan's ordeal sheds light on the marginalization and mental cruelty faced by the LGBTQIA+ community, even in corporate settings. Despite facing bullying and abandonment by his family for being gay, Khan persevered and educated himself. He is now advocating for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community, using his personal experience of discrimination to bring about positive change.

According to the petition, Being Human's CEO Sanjeev Rao repeatedly taunted Khan for being "soft," "weak," and "feminine" during business meetings. Rao even attempted to prevent Khan from representing the company at an external event, telling the COO Vivek Sandhwar that "someone like him" could not represent a brand owned by a "macho man" like Salman Khan.

The HR Head, Farzeen Khan, repeatedly questioned Khan's unmarried status, and when he explained that he was gay and had a Hindu partner, she told him that being gay was a sin according to Islam.

Khan alleges that he was given unrealistic goals and deadlines and was denied company benefits such as mobile phone reimbursement. The company lacked a proper complaint procedure or grievance committee, and when Khan narrated his ordeal to Managing Director Alvira Agnihotri, she dismissed him, saying not to bother her. The case is scheduled to be heard on July 3, 2024.

Who is Shadab Khan

Shadab Khan is a seasoned international business professional currently serving as the Business Development Specialist at Being Human, the clothing company owned by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan.

Based on the information from his LinkedIn profile, With over a decade of experience in sales, business development, leasing, and franchising roles within the fashion and luxury industry, Khan brings a wealth of expertise to his position. His educational background is equally impressive, having earned a Master's degree in International Business with top honours (110/110 cum laude) from the University of Macerata in Italy, following an MBA in International Business from ICFAI University in Dehradun, India.

Khan's qualifications extend beyond business management, as he is also a qualified professional accountant certified by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Multilingual fluency in English, Hindi, Italian, and knowledge of several other languages like French, Arabic, Swedish, and Russian enable him to effectively navigate global business environments.

Khan's profile on LinkedIn showcases his commitment to continuous learning, networking, and exploring exciting professional opportunities in the international arena.

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