One of the major issues the society is still grappling with up to now is racial discrimination. 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. If you are an employer having to deal with this, you know how ugly it can get if not well handled and if you are the employee, you know the same as well. Both parties require to handle this adequately to ensure a repeat of it doesn’t ever happen.
Start by doing some research to find out what others who have had to deal with this before have to say about it. Contact a lawyer and see what you can get from a legal perspective. Social media platforms, online forums and blogs have a lot of information as well and can give you quite a lot of helpful tips and views on how best to deal with racial discrimination at work.
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. You should also consider the need to engage the person who made the remarks in a series of questions as to why they said what they did. The repeated remarks gives much more understanding on how to deal with it. You shall be able to know what to do.
It is also essential to take into account the issue of ignoring the remark made. Avoiding a situation in escalating is as a result of ignoring negative or racist remarks. Make a point to disregard the remarks.
Go to your human resource manager and report the incident as soon as possible. The human resource manager is supposed to sort you out and speak for you against this person to get you justice. Sometimes, this HR manager will not help you and this will mean moving up the chain to your employer. This is big step because most likely your employer will not believe you. Make sure that it is clear that you are not letting the matter go. Find out what the law requires when it comes to this racial discrimination issue and make this known to your employer.
Consider documenting this incident when it happens and if it happens more than once. If you have a diary, record the incidents and make sure to be very specific. To avoid sounding vague, write down everything that happened and include the date and place. If there was a photo or an object that is proof of the discrimination, make sure to keep it.