Q: Former employer's HR retaliated against me for reporting racism in the workplace. I later quit and HR denied benefits/UI
HR (and other supervisors) refused to do anything about racism in the workplace. They lied about company policy and my ability to resolve the issues on my own. And Later when I quit due to these and other conditions, they denied paying out vacation that I was eligible for and entitled to because they said I quit without notice. I gave them notice when I notified them of the issue. In fact, when I notified them for a third time, they retaliated with disciplinary action, the only one on my record (that I'm aware of, they took my empty employee file to local hq for unknown reasons). They also denied my unemployment claim (which was the stated reason why they didn't take action against the racism), because according to them I quit without cause (appealed with ODJFS). I've tried to get documents (policy and handbook) as I believe there is an arbitration clause; the company has yet to respond.
A: Hi, more information is needed here. Complaints about racism in the workplace may be protected under Title VII. I would reach out to an employment law attorney in your state for a consultation.
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