Diversity in the Workplace

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctor from someone in HR about a complaint from an employee feeling exclude due to language:  She mainly states she feel left out. Note: She is an attractive girl in an enviable job. My question is: how can I address this issue with staff about how their actions can stir a perception of discrimination.

I am in Human Resources and work for a company that is 78% Hispanic and 76% female. I had a white female complain that she feels left out among the other females in the office. She says they talk in and out of Spanish when she is around; don’t include her in social activities. She doesn’t come straight out and say they are discriminating against her, but I’m getting the impression this is how she is feeling. She says they haven’t said anything specific about her being white. She mainly states she feel left out. Note: She is an attractive girl in an enviable job. My question is: how can I address this issue with staff about how their actions can stir a perception of discrimination. What tips can I include in our company newsletter about diversity and cultural awareness?

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Racism

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about racist remarks by a coworker: Should I take it up with my immediate supervisor in private? Should I go ahead & send that letter to our VP? I’ve been nice & let it go, but it’s time to get her terminated.

I have a co-worker who sits right beside me in my office. I’ve heard her make racist remarks when she gets angry. She has made comments about sending Asians back on a ship, sending immigrants back to their home country since they know no English, & calling an Asian friend of mine a racial slur. I’ve been nice & let it go, but it’s time to get her terminated. I have a letter set up to send to our VP of Human Resources. She’s a nice person when she’s in a calm mood, but when her mood changes some of the stuff that comes out of her mouth can be offensive. Should I take it up with my immediate supervisor in private? Should I go ahead & send that letter to our VP? It’s a shame because I do get along with her, but…………it’s time for her to go. There’s no place for that stuff!

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Age And Abusive Working Environment???

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about age discrimination: The lower supervisor is always making reference to my age in front of other employees. He makes a point about it calling me Grandpa.

I believe that I’m working in an abusive working environment. The lower supervisor is always making reference to my age in front of other employees. He makes a point about it calling me Grandpa. My age is 47. He says that if I have a problem, to report about the incident, but not to send it to him. He stated there was nothing he could do about it anyway because he is the supervisor. He is a lower level supervisor.

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Type of Discrimination?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about age and race discrimination: I am 52 years of age, and a year ago at work, we had an office-wide meeting regarding our 401K plan. Our PA, NY, CA and OH offices were all on a conference call, and the CEO made a reference to people getting older and how they needed to plan for their retirement. He then called out my name, and said that I am one step away from being in a nursing home.

I am confused as to what type of discrimination case I may have and I would like your opinion on this…here are the facts: I am 52 years of age, and a year ago at work, we had an office-wide meeting regarding our 401K plan. Our PA, NY, CA and OH offices were all on a conference call, and the CEO made a reference to people getting older and how they needed to plan for their retirement. He then called out my name, and said that I am one step away from being in a nursing home.

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Thirty-two Years Discounted!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about age discrimination: I’m over fifty and too young for retirement. They have me sitting in a room ten hours each day doing entry-level work.

The volatility of the U.S. economy is taking a large toll in the workplace. Mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and staff reductions create a chaotic work world around us. We no longer understand the forces behind company decisions. In general, how do employees maintain their enthusiasm in the workplace, while coping with the stress of antiquated changes? These changes raise the question of fairness, and the terrible helpless feeling of the system failing us. Focusing on the situation of a current position and reassignment can overwhelm many workers.

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Grievance For Hostile Environment, Discrimination,

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about hostile work environment, discrimination/favoritism/nepotism, as well as a gross inequity of the pay scale:

I have filed a grievance against the State office I work for, and have progressed to a Level III complaint. The basis for this grievance is: hostile work environment, discrimination/favoritism/nepotism, as well as a gross inequity of the pay scale. They have denied my grievance at Levels I and II because they feel these instances were not within 10 days of the last grieve able occurrence. I am a 25 year employee with a good work history, a lengthy resume’, and numerous letters of recommendations from co-workers, former directors, and from individuals from the public I serve. I suffered a heart attack, a triple bypass, and an emergency aortic bypass within the last 2 years, and was off work for four months as a result.

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Testified In A Reverse Discrimination Case. Now Back

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about reverse discrimination:

I testified in a reverse discrimination case. My testimony was not beneficial to the company I work for, but it was the truth. I was very apprehensive to testify but was issued a summons. My boss has been telling other people in management in my department and other departments that I have poor job performance etc. What can I do?

Signed, Had To Testify

Dear Had To Testify:

Certainly it would appear that you should seek an attorney to assist you with this issue. Because of that, I hesitate to advise something that later an attorney would say was not wise. However, if you do not wish to seek an attorney at this point, you may want to consider the following as you develop a plan of action:

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She Made Racial Remarks!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about discriminatory remarks:

We have an employee who has made several inappropriate remarks about people of color. In what kinds of training can we have her participate?

Signed, Color Blind

Dear Color Blind:

As I sometimes tend to do, I wrote a lengthy letter to you, discussing whether or not training was the answer in this case. I stopped mid-way, realizing that likely in your role, you know all about everything I was writing and don’t need to hear more! I can sum up my long diatribe by saying that I think other kinds of intervention, rather than off-site training, are more appropriate for cases like this.

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Woman Machinist Fired!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about gender discrimination & wrongfully terminated: I was fired yesterday-because I wasn’t coming along fast enough. I told them it was unfair; it was discriminatory and they damn well knew what I was lacking.

If you can, give me advice. It would be much appreciated. I believe I have been the victim of gender discrimination & wrongfully terminated. Scratch that: I was the victim of gender discrimination and I was wrongfully terminated. This is a fairly long story.

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Most Qualified But Not Chosen!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about being passed over for a promotion.

I recently applied for a promotion at my job after my supervisor announced that she was leaving. I was the most qualified person (have been here for two and half year, have worked really well with my supervisor, received stellar evaluations, did extra work, the whole nine yards in addition to working towards a master degree, which this other person doesn’t have). But the promotion was given to anther co-worker who was less qualified and has been here for only one year.

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