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Remind supervisors: You don’t tolerate name-calling, especially when it’s race-based

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If there is one thing that will get a federal judge’s attention, it’s name-calling that targets a particular race or ethnicity. While one comment may not be enough for a lawsuit, repeated name-calling almost certainly demonstrates hostility. That’s especially true if a supervisor makes the comments.

Recent case: Jose, a Hispanic male of Salvadoran descent and national origin, worked as an electrical engineer in the Department of Home­­land Security in Houston.

He didn’t get along well with his supervisor. Their animosity to each other culminated in Jose quitting after being injured when a chair collapsed—something Jose blamed on the supervisor.

Then Jose sued, alleging he had been subjected to a racially or ethnically hostile work environment.

As evidence, Jose pointed to his supervisor questioning Jose’s job qualifications, screaming at him, threatening to fire him, openly criticizing his work and other unpleasant interacti...(register to read more)

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