Minneapolis, MN asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Minnesota

Q: Can I sue my manager for making a racist remark and being biased?

I was helping a elderly couple who came to MN since 6/2022 from Laos do their first time State ID. It took me about half an hour to get it done. The next day I was called into the office by my manager to ask why I took half an hour to do a simple transaction that can take 15min. I explain to my manager that it was a language barrier. He stated since the customer and I speak the same language what is so hard for them to understand. It’s not considered a language barrier and gave me an example: if an English man from England comes to the states and he is able to understand me, why can’t your customers do the same? —my Manager was not working the day I was helping my customers to know the struggle. 1) my customers are not educated and struggle to even sign their name 2) speaking the same language doesn’t mean my customer can comprehend what I am saying 3) not all languages have words for English words, so when translating it takes time to describe what it means.

1 Lawyer Answer
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
  • Saint Cloud, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: This is not a criminal law issue. I'm not sure that suing your manager would be particularly beneficial unless your manager has deep pockets. I suggest that you report the manager to his higher ups and allow them to address the issue internally.

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