You should contact a labor and employment law attorney to talk about your rights and what you can do. Some attorneys will provide a consultation free of charge, and may be interested in your case on a contingent basis, meaning they are paid only if you win.
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Tough situation. Are you union? You may have protection under a union CBA.
I assume this is a male on male situation. The sex discrimination laws generally do not protect male on male sex discrimination, unless it is a failure to conform to gender stereotypes. This is a rare exception and probably would not apply unless you are gay or effeminate.
Better angle is to document in writing the violence and threats that occurred. E-mails can be good for having a paper trial that the Employer would have trouble denying later. The documentation may scare the Employer into ensuring you are protected. Be careful: too much push and you could get fired if you are not part of a union.
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