(Closed) NWR: racist coworker

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As much as her speech was deplorable/despicable/horrible, I don’t think you should report this to HR.  It sounded like she was talking to you “over the water cooler” and I am guessing HR probably could not do anything.  All that would happen is this woman would find out you “told on” her and she would get pissed at you.

I think avoiding her is the best plan….IMO. 

Post # 4
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3142 posts
Sugar bee

Unless she acts on her opinions, they are simply that: opinions.  If you report her it is hearsay. You can’t do much about it.

They one way around it maybe is if you go to them and report how uncomfortable the conversation made you.

Post # 5
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10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

If this is something that’s truly bothering you, which it clearly is, then you should go to HR. However, keep in mind that even if you ask to remain anonymous she will more than likely know it was you unless she goes around spewing this garbage to everyone in the office. Will she lose her job over this? Probably not so you will have to deal with her from here on out. Is that something you’re willing tolerate? 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would say it is worth reporting that the conversation made you uncomfortable just so it is on record.  If she is that seriously racist you don’t know that in a year she might yell something racist at a coworker and that report from your incident might make or break an argument against her. 

Post # 7
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470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I work with some racist idiots who say some offensive things from time to time (like the chick who sits next to me who said that this was a great town until all the Mexicans started flooding the place) but never anything like what she said to you.  She seriously talked about how the white race is superior?  That’s pretty unbelievable and I personally think attitudes like that lead to violence. I would at the very least report the conversation because even though “that’s just her opinion and she has a right to it” she should know better than to talk about that stuff at work.  And at least it will already be documented in her file that she’s a shit-for-brains racist if she ever acts out in the future.

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