Some of my coworkers have been making very offensive comments regarding the colour of my skin. They have been doing this repeatedly for some weeks now, and when I told them to stop, they claimed that they were “just joking” and that I had no reason to be offended.
I told my manager about it, and he also seemed to think that it was no big deal. I don’t want to have to quit my job because, apart from those nasty comments, I love my job. I just want this situation to stop, but I’m not sure what to do.
Do you think I should contact an employment lawyer? Is it big enough of an issue to hire a lawyer? Or should I just keep trying to make my voice heard and let my coworkers know that it’s not ok to treat me the way they do? I would like your opinions on this.
KatyParticipantTopics: 7 Replies: 52
First of all, I’m so sorry that this is happening to you! Some people just don’t even realize that they are being mean. They might think they are just joking around, but if their jokes offend you and make you feel like a victim, then it is NOT okay and it needs to stop.
I’ve never contacted a lawyer before, so I don’t know what to tell you about that. Have you tried filing a complaint to your human resource department? Maybe they will take you more seriously then.
This article will give you a few tips if you decide to do this: How to Write a Complaint to Human Resources.
Thank you! I will try to do this, maybe it will help.
TeresaParticipantTopics: 6 Replies: 72
I don’t see why you couldn’t contact an employment lawyer. If your manager and your coworkers won’t listen to you and if they keep offending you, you need to protect your rights to work in a place where you won’t be bullied because of the colour of your skin.
An employment lawyer will listen to you and give you some advice on how you should address the situation. You’re right in saying that this situation needs to stop.
I know hiring a lawyer seems intimidating at first, but sometimes it’s really the best thing you can do to help yourself.
Try writing a complaint to HR, and if no action is taken on their part to resolve the situation, get in touch with a lawyer. If you’re searching for a good employment lawyer, I recommend Whitten and Lublin LLP. They are an experienced team and they will certainly be able to help you.
Thank you! You’re all very kind, I knew that asking you for advice would make me feel better. I will start by writing a complaint, and then if nothing changes I will contact an employment lawyer. I can’t take this situation anymore.
You’re welcome! We’re all rooting for you here, and we know you can overcome this! You deserve to love your job and to feel safe while you are at work.
Hopefully this situation will teach your coworkers some manners and they will stop those nasty comments, and will learn to respect everyone.
BrettParticipantTopics: 4 Replies: 68
It’s a shame that your manager didn’t take you seriously when you explained the situation. Jokes are supposed to be funny, so if you’re not laughing with them and you feel offended, they need to watch what they’re saying.
OliverParticipantTopics: 2 Replies: 39
I’ve already been harassed at work because of my religion. Unfortunately I didn’t have your courage and I just quit to search for another job instead of standing up for myself. I wish you good luck.
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