Racial discrimination is still a big issue that corporate are facing in this day and age. The reality on the ground has proven time and again that this is not dead and a lot of people are lost on how to handle it. The situation gets very ugly for both the employer and the employee and can get out of hand if not well contained. It is important that both the employer and the employee look for ways to handle this well.
Start by doing some research to find out what others who have had to deal with this before have to say about it. Check with a lawyer to see the legal side of things. Use the online forums, blogs and social media platform to see what others are saying about this and pick what you think is going to be helpful to you.
It is also crucial to keep in mind that there is the way of requesting them to echo the remarks and it has a great importance that helps in fighting racism at the workplace. It also proves that you are interested in another conversation when they echo their remarks. It is also critical to keep in mind that there is also the need to ask them why they made the remarks. The repeated remarks gives much more understanding on how to deal with it. It is also crucial to understand that, when they repeat what they said it shows that they meant and it also helps to think of the next course of action.
The issue of ignoring the remark made is also an essential element that you should consider. Ignorance at times helps in protecting your emotions and it also helps in avoiding a situation in intensifying. Therefore, overlook the said remarks.
Make known to the human resource manager what is going on. What the human resource manager should do is to confront the person and solve this issue. If you don’t get help from the HR, move up the chain and talk to your employer. This is big step because most likely your employer will not believe you. It is important that your employer knows that you are taking this very seriously. Find out what the law requires when it comes to this racial discrimination issue and make this known to your employer.
If this is not a one-time thing, it would be wise of you to record it. If you have a diary, record the incidents and make sure to be very specific. Note down the date and where you were when the incident happened and the word that were spoken so that when you report it, you are not vague. If you have any evidence of the incident happening , keep it safe.