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You don’t have to guarantee absolutely cordial treatment

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Many personalities make up the typical workforce. Some employees will like each other, while others may only grudgingly tolerate their co-workers. Managers and supervisors are no exception.

Although we all might wish for perfect harmony at work, that isn’t realistic. As long as there’s no obvious or thinly veiled race, sex or other underlying discrimination at work, it doesn’t matter if a supervisor isn’t very friendly with some employees.

Recent case:
Ernesta Ware, who is black, sued her former employer after she was fired. She alleged that her former supervisor had snubbed her because of her race. She said he avoided eye contact, wouldn’t say hello and didn’t invite her to social events and lunch when he did invite others.

The court said those snubs weren’t direct proof of discrimination without some other proof of racist intent. (Ware v. LaSalle, No. 07-C-3974, ND IL, 2008)

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