What do I do if I find evidence of discimination at work?
August 12, 2011 9:58 AM Subscribe
I found a rather innocuously named file on our shared document server at work. It seems to suggest that my boss is discriminating against a co-worker based on both race (or at least the fact he's from India) and his visa status. What do I do with this information?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (27 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Details. I work for a small company in the UK. My co-worker is from India and is generally great. I believe we are his visa sponsor atm although presumably if he quit or was fired he could get a new one.
In the letter he says "at the risk of being called bigot and cynic he comes from a culture that haggles" and that "We have some leverage over him at the moment because of his visa but as soon as he starts a family that will be lost." The general context is this guy getting a raise.
The boss has a history of being a bit of a hard-ass and (probably) bullied someone in to leaving recently so he has form for not being the greatest manager ever.
As far as I know this letter was at most only ever circulated among the directors at the company, and might just be his own personal brain dump. However it is stored publicly and we have a code of conduct against writing racist and/or discriminatory material. It's certainly evidence of his decision making process.
What should I do with this information? We don't have a dedicated HR dept or particularly obvious way to get advice about stuff like this here. And if my outrage meter is being too sensitive I'd rather just get on with my job.