Employment Law Questions? Ask an Employment Lawyer.
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There is no guaranteed way to keep your job. NY, like most states, is an employment at will state which means your employer can terminate you for any reason and at any time. The exceptions to that, of course, are that you can't be terminated due to your race, religion, gender, age, etc.
If the employer decides to terminate you due to the other employees being dissatisfied, then they can do so and it is not a "wrongful termination" under the law.
However, you mention that you are one of the few minorities in the unit. Can you provide a little more information there so I can see if there is a plan of action that may make the employer less prone to fire you?
What you can try is to take the offense. Go and visit with a local lawyer and talk to them about drafting a letter for you that hints about you being discriminated against in the office due to you ethnicity but not making a direct threat.
Usually that will work to make the employer second guess firing you if other employees are hassling them. In addition, if you do get fired and want to pursue a wrongful termination based on your ethnicity case then you have already started "setting it up" with the letter.
PLease ask any follow up questions that you have in this thread.