Racism is not just just targeted at people of color! I am a white middleaged American male hetrosexual family man, that being said. I used to work for a city municipality, and my supervisor was a older Taiwanese man. At this point in my working career I had been at my job for 12 years, when we were introduced to our new supervisor, a highly educated Taiwanese man with a docturate in engineering. This man had been in charge of this office in the past (before I was assigned to work in this office) but he had been removed from this office and sent to a different office because he was brought up on harrassment charges by a white female employee, and was not allowed to come back until she quit or was moved to a different office (this is common practice at city facilities, instead of terminating the offender. By this time I was brought in to take over for the departed female employee. Almost from the first day the harrassment started. I had been on a schedule that was condusive to my long commute that I had to make everyday, I started early enough I missed the morning traffic and got off early enough that I missed the afternoon traffic as my commute was 60 miles one way on very traffic ridden freeways. At this time I did not have to punch a time card. My co worker who was also a middle aged white american male (no kids or wife) who started a half hour after myself, and my other co worker that I worked with was a middleaged, married Philipino man with a family. About a month into working for this man, I was starting to be called into the conference room at least once a week to be repremanded, although there was no other employees under his supervision that were being called in to the conference room. My supervisor would question my work constantly, but all the work he would question me on was always finished ahead of schedule and underbudget. When I would bring the results of my work to him he would then say he did not like the way I went about completeing it. I have never changed how I do my work taskes, and my former supervisor never had a problem or complaint with the way that I completed my assignments. He then asked my coworker (Philipino gentleman) to keep an eye on me when I came in to work because we started at the same time, although my co worker and myself were at the same level of seniority in the office, when my co worker said that he would not spy on me for him, he immedietly went to his supervisor and had my hours changed and requested that I have to punch a timecard (only me) which added a significant amount of time to my commute, while my co workers got to keep there schedules. After a few years of this kind of treatment, I decided to contact a labor attorney to see what my rights and recourse were. I also contacted my union to see what could be done about the constant harrassment which I feel was racially motivated. My union rep told me it would be very hard to prove racial harrassment because I was white and my supervisor was asian. My other co worker (caucasian gentleman) was victim of this kind of abuse as well. My co worker was constantly being asked by this supervisor to perform unethical practices, at which he would refuse. Then he would be written up for refusing to do things he felt were unethicle. Our Philipino counterpart (who was a very nice guy) would never get reprimanded or written up for these same refusals.I finally sought out a labor attorney to see what I could do about this treatment. I was asked by the labor attorney a series of questions about myself, he said describe yourself to me, (as I had never met the attorney face to face). He asked what my nationality was, I told him I was caucasian, he then asked what sexual orientation I was, I told him hetrosexual, he asked if I was married, I told him yes and that I had children, he then asked what nationality my wife was, I told him caucasian, he then asked my age, at the time I was 45. At that point he asked what nationaliy my supervisor was, I told him Taiwanese! At that point he told me to stop right there, that I had a better chance of winning the lottery than getting this guy on harrassment charges. I asked him why, the attorney told me that I was the wrong color, age, and sexual orientaion to successfully file a charge against this man and win. At that point he told me if I was a different ethnicity, or if I was homosexual or 10 to 15 years older that he could win it hands down, no problem. But that since I was a white, middleaged, straight family man going against a supervisor of ethnicity that I did not stand a chance ( I contacted 3 other labor attorneys all with the same result). I finally had to after 24 years at this job, find another job to get away from this kind of treatment. I find it sad and disturbing that finding justice in our country is dictated by your skin color, no matter what color it may be. So for everybody out there that thinks that injustice is only reserved for people of a certain color or race, you are mistaken, there is the stupidity of racism on both sides of the color palett!! It is a disturbing thought, that all the time that humans have been on the planet that we still see people as race or color instead of just human.
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