I'd appreciate your advice on dealing with what seems to me racist joking/bantering at work -- particularly when it's directed at me. This is my first white-collar job since moving to North America, and I think this kind of "joking around" is unacceptable but this office's culture seems to tolerate it. [more inside]
While faxing at the front desk at my job, a few co-workers were sitting around chatting. An African American co-worker was telling few Hispanic co-workers a story about how her and her friends were overlooked while shopping at Coach, "because the clerk was only paying attention to the (mouths the word "white" while my back was turned) girls. She goes on the explain that they left the store and called to complain that they were ignored because of their race. I was the only white person there (and not part of the conversation) and I would never have been telling a story if the reverse was true, so was this racism in the workplace? I surely felt uncomfortable. What can/should I do?
There is a woman I work with who, up until today, I really liked. She’s in an office in another state, but we clicked well over the phone and she’s otherwise a pretty terrific person, and I pretty much considered her a personal friend outside of the workplace. Today she forwarded to me this epically offensive, crazy racist e-mail, and I’m not sure what to do. Advice and/or resources would be appreciated. [more inside]
Am I lunching with the new office creep? Or am I just letting my dislike get in the way. Either way how do I extricate myself from this situation? [more inside]
My mother is involved with a very upsetting situation at work, and I don't know what to advise her. She's the subject of a complaint of discrimination. [more inside]
I'm at a conference for work, and have just had a very disturbing incident. I wonder if I should worry about my job... [more inside]
Workplace racism and etiquette advice. MI. [more inside]
How do you deal with racism in the workplace? A little more inside... [more inside]