Revenge for descpicable boss?
November 2, 2005 2:21 PM Subscribe
My boss made some derogatory comments about Jewish people. I objected. As a result of my objection, I am now "laid off"...
posted by crapulent to Law & Government (63 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
To make a long story longer, the events went something like this:
My boss was reading an e-mail from a customer. This particular customer had already contacted us several times regarding the pricing of our products. Upon reading this e-mail...
Boss: “Hmm. He must be Jewish.”
(I sat in stunned silence for a moment.)
Me: “Why did you say that he must be Jewish?”
Boss: “Oh, because that’s how Jewish people are. They will always try to get the best price. They will always try to get some special discount from you.”
Me: “Don’t you think that’s a little bit racist?”
Boss: “No, that can’t be racist. That’s a fact.”
Me: “A fact?! I think you mean that’s your opinion. That’s certainly not a fact.”
Boss: “No, that’s a fact. My friend told me that you have to watch out for Jewish customers because they will always try to get a special price, to pay the least amount possible.”
Me: "Well, that’s just your opinion. That’s certainly not a fact because not all Jewish people are like that."
Boss: “No! It’s just like Korean people. Korean people are the same way. Everybody knows that they are like this.”
Me: "You know what? You’re really offending me so I think we should just not talk about this anymore.”
I thought my boss would apologize to me after I had indicated that he had offended me. We had previously had a very friendly relationship. I barely saw him for the rest of that day and the next day was very awkward. He seemed uncomfortable in my presence.
The following day (two days after the incident) I was informed that I was being “laid off.” The reason given for this lay off was poor company performance.
Prior to this meeting there had never been any indication that the company was performing poorly or that my job was in danger. In fact, for the previous two weeks he and I had been in talks regarding new responsibilities that I was poised to undertake at the beginning of 2006. It was essentially a promotion and we had planned for him to begin training me right away.
Anyway, I am now unemployed. I've contacted the ACLU, the EEOC, the Human Rights Commission for my state, and a couple private attorneys. None of the organizations can help me because my former employer was a very small company and doesn't meet the requisite 6 employees to file suit. The private attorneys say my case will just cost me a ton of money (that I don't have) and will be extremely difficult to prove because I don't have any witnesses, evidence, etc.
I really feel that I was wronged for speaking out. I felt that staying silent would be the wrong thing to do and I don't regret it at all even though I essentially lost my job over it.
But what can I do now? I don't want him (or others like him) to be able to get away with this kind of behavior. Have I run the gamut of feasible options?
(And yes, I am aware that one cannot receive "real" legal advice on Metafilter.)