Quote from Susan9608
I'm having a hard time because a) I feel very insulted and b) I'm supposed to teach him how to care for his child so she can go home today. How receptive to me is he going to be if he thinks I'm racist? And I'm not sure about dealing with my own feelings after being accused of being racist.
I'm honestly not sure how he got that I'm racist just because I was occupied at the moment and couldn't help him place his phone call. In all honesty, I'm pretty pissed. Any suggestions on how to handle this?
It's hard to deal with this sort of BS, isn't it? I know there is still plenty of racism here in the good ol' USA (on all sides of the color spectrum), but it's frustrating when a person screams "racist" when they
are at fault. From my experiences, it's all too often used as an excuse, or a "cop-out" to avoid having to deal with reality.
Much like discrimination - there are unfortunately people who will whine about being discriminated against for any perceived slight against them. It got so silly years ago when I was supervising a group of 30 employees, that I'd make sure to write up a male and a female for doing the same offense. I'd also try to write up employees in different job classifications for the same offense at the same time. You'd have to go through these hassles to cover your rear-end from the inevitable claims of discrimination. The "standing orders" of my fine union employees seemed to be to claim discrimination & harassment for everything under the sun.
I don't mean to come across as too harsh, but it's idiots like this guy "crying wolf" who reduce the perceived seriousness of a real claim of discrimination or racism by somebody who truly is being screwed.:angryfire
Document, document, document. Get your supervisor involved in discussions with this clown before you find yourself having to defend your "racist" actions against this poor "disenfranchised" individual. Documenting things now (and bringing your supervisor into the loop) may waste some of your time, but that's nothing
compared to the kaka-storms that roll down hill if/when this gentleman complains to your facility's Customer Relations department.