Would you still work at your job if your boss was racist?

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Would you still work at your job if your boss was racist?

Rod Ronald Rod Ronald
I started a new job. Everything was going good until my new boss started talking about the election and Obama and all of that. Needless to say I live in the upper south, if you can call it that, and people here (Not all the people mind you, but a good precent) still wave the rebel flag. So, I sat through an hour long rant about this and that with the "N" word tossed around a few times. I spoke up and saig there are two words I never use, the N word and the C word. He just looked at me and kept talking.
So my question is this, would you stay at a job if your boss was racist?
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Not even a question, I would walk out ASAP and tell him what a POS he is before I slammed the door in his face!!!
I would advise him of certain laws that don't allow him to say such things in the workplace, and leave it at that.
6  (29%)
I would just ignore it and keep working.
15  (71%)
I would laugh along and nod my head then go on to tell him how I hate all white people and every Sunday me and my boys hop in our smart cars and go to the hill all dressed in pink and burn copies of "Gone With The Wind" and chant "Puppy Power!!!"
Total votes: 21
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11/02/2012
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ShadowedSeductress ShadowedSeductress
It's not right but honestly in this economy I wouldn't ever quit. People have different views no matter how twisted they can be. I'd be pissed, no doubt. I think it's good you told him that's a word you never used. I would've been so shocked at my boss saying it I would have been speechless.

I'm not saying your morals aren't important, and I completely agree with you. That is absolutely unacceptable especially in the workplace! Jobs are so hard to come by now at least where I am. He obviously didn't care about what you had to say so it's best just to let it be unless it honestly bothers you that much.

I'm sorry you have to go through this I know it must be really tough.
11/02/2012
Supervixen Supervixen
I once had a manager interview a black applicant, and when she was done, I said, "So how was she? Do you think she might work out?" And my manager just shook her head vigorously and said, "Oh, I'm not hiring people like that ever again. Not after the last one," meaning, the last employee was caught stealing from us on her last day (she had quit) and was also black. I was really upset by this and went to the district manager about it. The response I got was astounding. My district manager was white, an my manager was Hispanic. My district manager expressed surprise (if not outright disbelief in my complaint), because my manager was of "a different ethnicity too." You know, because only white people are racist, apparently. She talked to the manager, then talked to me and told me that my manager just felt "really bad about it," and everything was just fine. Of course, she never hired any black applicants after that, still.

I understand your frustration and it's very disconcerting to work with people like that and in that environment. Depending on the situation, you might just calmly tell you manager (or if possible, go to the next level up in authority like I did. Maybe you'll have better luck than I did), and that you're not comfortable with discussing politics at work, and that you're not comfortable with hearing ethnic slurs thrown around, either. You do have the right to work in a non-hostile work environment. If it gets really bad, keep your eye out for a new job, though I understand how precious jobs are in this economy (it took me months to find steady work when I returned to the States last summer, and I'm underpaid, overworked, and very over qualified for what I do).

Good luck.
11/02/2012
TheirPet TheirPet
I wouldn't ignore it per se, but I would go to HR directly afterwards and have them inform him of the laws regarding that sort of thing.
11/02/2012
Beck Beck
By boss, do you mean owner or manager? If there is someone you can go to about the behavior, I would. However, if they are the top boss, there isn't anything you can do. I'd just ignore it.

My personal opinion is people have the right to believe whatever they want. This includes racists things. This, however, doesn't make them right. It just makes them look like an ass.

Perhaps, I am immune a bit to racist things. I can't think of a single point in my life where racist jokes or stereotype comments weren't made by someone around me. Hell, most of my family has rebel flags hanging up in the front yard. This is in Ohio. If you don't allow these things to have power... they won't.
11/02/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
Quote:
Originally posted by Beck
By boss, do you mean owner or manager? If there is someone you can go to about the behavior, I would. However, if they are the top boss, there isn't anything you can do. I'd just ignore it.

My personal opinion is people have the right ...
I agree with this. I'd just ignore it. People are allowed to think what they want, regardless of if their opinion is correct or not. As Beck says, it just makes them look like asses.

I'm also in the South, so perhaps I've just grown a thick skin on such things. Pretty much 90%+ of the people I know are racist. I'd be pretty lonely if I got up in arms about it all the time.
11/02/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I'd be a mix for me too. I wouldn't up and leave, but I would take note of it and ask around with my co-workers, getting their take on it.

I wouldn't advise the boss on anything. They're grown, closed-minded adults. I would definitely have HR look into it.
11/02/2012
WhoopieDoo WhoopieDoo
If I had a job I wouldn't quit it over some jackass's dumb opinions.
11/02/2012
panthercat23 panthercat23
As long as it wasn't a direct issue I don't care what the boss thinks.
11/02/2012
Moniqua Moniqua
I would just ignore it, which I do.
11/02/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by Rod Ronald
I started a new job. Everything was going good until my new boss started talking about the election and Obama and all of that. Needless to say I live in the upper south, if you can call it that, and people here (Not all the people mind you, but a ...
I would just ignore it and keep working.
11/02/2012
gsfanatic gsfanatic
I'd tell him that it wasn't acceptable, and if he continued I'd have to find a better employer
11/02/2012
switzerland switzerland
my company does not permit such slander in the workplace. i'd get his ass fired
11/02/2012
SMichelle SMichelle
I work for a small independently owned company. My boss is racist, and has a lot of views that I find completely offensive... but... the economy is bad, and I'm able to get time off of work when I need it (long distance relationship = time off is essential). So, I just bite my tongue and pretend not to notice... and I make it a point to avoid talking about anything that I know we'd have issues over.
11/02/2012
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