How to deal with my coworker?
October 6, 2010 12:00 PM Subscribe
What to do about a prejudiced coworker?
posted by matkline to Work & Money (44 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been working at a dry cleaner for a few months now. For the most part, I really enjoy the job. It basically consists in "tagging" customer clothing with instructions that tell our plant how to process them. I also check customers out at a cash register.
We keep logs at one of the locations, and I don't think I've ever heard any complaints about the quality of my work from any of the other shift workers (we all work in 6 hour, 1 person shifts), aside from 1. She's an older lady, who lives not far from the cleaner, and seems to be doing the job out of sheer boredom (she works 2 shifts a week, I work 5 - three at one location, two at another).
Over the course of my three months working here, she's complained about me to the bosses an inordinate number of time. She's also left me a string of shrill memos. Today, coming into work, I dreaded looking at the logbook, and with good reason. She's moved on to a new tactic, which is simply collecting invoices with slight errors, and circling my name in black ink.
Our customers generally find this woman to be endearing, from what I understand. The situation is extremely frustrating because I'm led to wonder if it's related to my race (I'm black). If so, I feel I should make my case to the owners, because I certainly don't want any of our customers to be mistreated by this woman in the same way.
Any thoughts, hivemind?