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can i sue and if so who do i sue

i was called the N word by another employee and nothing has been done. now he has
been promoted and I now report to him. I am worried about my job since he holds
the power over me now.
what can i do. i work in a restaurant in Florida

Asked on July 2, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Discrimination based on race or color is illegal in employment, and discrimination includes harassment based on those characteristics. If this was a one time incident, or it only happened in the past a few times but no longer, there is effectively nothing to do--the law will not provide compensation in those cases. But if harassment (e.g. use of the N-word) continues, or if you suffer any adverse employment consequences (e.g. demotion, fewer hours, bad shifts, pay cut, suspension, or termination), you may well have a viable employment discrimination claim. If that occurs, contact the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to file a complaint. Good luck.


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