Victims of harassment may respond in different ways. Optimally, they will utilize the company's complaint process. The worst-case scenario is if they take justice into their own hands.
This nightmare scenario was put in the spotlight recently in Manchester, CT, where an employee of Hartford Distributors shot 10 co-workers, killing eight, shortly after a disciplinary meeting in which he was accused of stealing and was given the option to resign. Before killing himself, Omar Thornton, who was black, called his mother and told her he had killed the "five racists" who had been bothering him. In a call to 911, Thornton talked about the predominantly white workplace being "a racist place" and how all black people were treated badly there.
Thornton's loved ones allege that he was subjected to racist taunts and graffiti and that his complaints to supervisors went nowhere. In the 911 call, Thornton said he "had ...(register to read more)