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My supervisor constantly makes racist comments, sexist comments,

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My supervisor constantly makes racist comments, sexist comments, uses vulgar language, and has bullied employees including myself. This behavior has caused anxiety for me such that I was having panic attacks on the way to work and even felt the need to quit my job. Is this considered harassment?

It probably would not be considered general civil or criminal harassment... but it is illegal discrimination and could be considered sexual harassment. He and the owner by allowing it, are creating a "hostile work environment". A hostile work environment is one where illegal discrimination is allowed to occur (not just general hostility).

It is illegal to discriminate (or make comments in this case) on the basis of race and gender. Any time an employer allows this to happen, they are facilitating illegal discrimination.

 

You can file an EEOC charge on the basis of sexual harassment (any negative comments about a gender qualify). Read here: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sexual_harassment.cfm

 

You can also file a racial discrimination claim: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/race_color.cfm

 

The EEOC investigates and attempts to resolve claims. There is no cost to you. You cannot be fired or treated differently in retaliation for filing an EEOC charge.

 

File here: http://www.eeoc.gov/employees/charge.cfm

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I am clear on the sexist & racist aspect. Thank you. Where does the bullying come in? Are more details required in order to answer?
Workplace bullying is not illegal. A lot of people think that it is, but at this point, it is only just a matter of how the employer chooses to handle it.

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