Q: Can I sue my coworkers for bullying &/or harassment?
I, 21f, work for security overnight at a hotel in the Greater Boston area. I am the only female in my department and for almost three months the closet person to my age was still 20+ years. 2 weeks in ind. said the n-word twice and reported false information to our director regarding my performance. 2 months in his friend got hired. Now they talk badly about me to coworkers in our department. Also, the new hire throws fits and slams thing when I do something he doesn't like. They both send emails to single me out hire up. Pointing out my tardiness when I've brought Dr. notes to HR and it is also none of their business. What can I and should I do? Ive spoken to 2 directors, hr, and the hotel manager. It's only getting more uncomfortable for me.
A: Short answer- yes, but there is no money in it. You need to file Gender/ Racial harassment complaints with the HR department. What they are doing is harassing you because you are female and black. This is prohibited under both Federal and state law. By filing a formal, detailed complaint, you should protect yourself against retaliation by the employer. If you are later terminated, then you have set up a case against the harassers and your former employer, who is obligated to protect you from this kind of discrimination. You should also seek the advice of an MA attorney specializing in employment discriminaton. Do not delay because there may be a statute of limitations in effect that will affect you. Thanks for using Justia ask a lawyer.
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