Q: How do I protect myself from employee retaliation after reporting my boss for racial discrimination?
I work for a technology recruiting company in Texas. One of the Managing Partners discriminates against potential candidates based on national origin (Indian nationals, specifically, but I have also witnessed discrimination against African-Americans and people of Asian decent). I feel he is a liability to myself, the company, the company's new parent company, and our clients (who he implicates in discriminatory email correspondence). How do I protect myself from employee retaliation? I feel this needs to be reported internally, as well as made known to the clients he is implicating. I am not asking for anything. I am just concerned about him as a liability for myself, my colleagues, and the clients we serve. What are the steps I need to take in order to make sure this is done the right way? Thank you for your time.
A: You should report the discriminatory actions of your boss to the Human Resources Department in writing. The HR department should then do an investigation into your complaints. The company, including the Managing Partner, is prohibited from retaliating against you for complaining about and opposing actions that are made unlawful by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. You can contact an employment lawyer in your area for assistance with the specifics of your complaint to HR.
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