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Municipal Co-Worker Making Demeaning Comments About My Religion

Many of the people that we meet with are municipal employees in White Plains, NY, and that means that they work for some governmental sub division and it can be the state of New York it can be the county, city, town, village or something like a water works company that is a public entity or public benefits corporation and the question arises frequently in that setting as to whether an employee who is being subjected to derogatory comments on the basis of race or national origin can do anything about those comments and of course we typically suggest that the employee go to his or her boss and make a complaint and see where that leads, but frequently in the municipal setting, not always do we frequently hear of situations where the individual’s boss really doesn't believe that whatever the employee is reporting is very serious. In that case, most municipalities have a procedure for making a complaint of discrimination, hostile environment based upon again race, national origin, etc and the first place the employee has to go is that internal complaint procedure. We try to assist the employee in doing that whether it’s in fashioning or written statement or complaint or in navigating the verbal complaint process to ensure that complaint goes on record and that it’s followed through with the municipality.

This informational blog post was provided by Jane Gould, an experienced New York Employee Lawyer.

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