My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Florida
(please excuse any typos in advance, I am typing from my phone)
I am a HR generalist for a big box retailer. I report to the store manager, who is not in human resources.
I spoke to my boss about concerns of racial discrimination and a racial remark that one of the other managers made towards African Americans. I am African American. Essentially, my boss originally asked me to brush it under the rug. I brought the issue up again and said that it needed to be addressed. He asked me to leave it alone.
I spoke to the Human Resources Business Partner about it and she came to my store to meet with me, then she met with my boss. I requested a transfer to another store to get out of the racially hostile environment. Right after she left the store, he called me into his office and took disciplinary action against me for something random (for "not handling a food order
Properly", he gave no details or explanation, it was very vague). The food event was many weeks prior, and I had received a performance evaluation since that event and it was not mentioned. Prior to coming forward about racial discrimination, I had never received any disciplinary action and had received excellent performance evaluations and many accolades. I contacted the corporate hotline and reported him for retaliation. I also reported racial discrimination that was going on in my store, some of which did involve my boss. Employee relations contacted me a few days later to discuss my concerns further and initiate an investigation..... employee relations told me that after speaking with me, the next step was to speak with any witnesses that were named, and my boss.
about a week after that, employee relations scheduled a follow up call.... when we spoke, I was informed that they decided not to contact my boss or any named witnesses because they "didn't want to make the situation worse" & thought that "since I am in HR, they could talk through it with me without involving my boss or other employees" and they felt that I could "help my boss become a better leader" they also told me that I should "be careful about reporting these kinds of things, especially involving other employees"..and "since I'm in HR, I should be the gatekeeper in these kinds of issues"..then they closed the investigation. They also told me that my request to transfer to another store was denied.
Days later.... an employee made a comment calling my hair nappy, and the most recent was another manager hung a monkey from a noose during Black History Month.
I just got my annual performance review and it is lower than my quarterly review average (i get reviews each quarter, I had gotten excellent all year and those scores feed into the annual review). I did not receive an excellent, he lowered my score, and put feedback on my review that contradicted my quarterly reviews). I was due for a paygrade promotion next month, but I would have needed an excellent to get it... I feel like it was a strategic move to prevent that from happening. he has also started asking other managers to keep track of what time I come into work and what time I leave, he is micromanaging me......giving me long checklists of things to do (he never used to do that).... taking disciplinary action against me for things that he does not discipline the other managers for. also, one of my peers (the one who hung the monkey from the noose) confronted me about something, I told my boss and he said "maybe he was upset"... however, when I confronted that same peer, my boss called me at home and told me that my "interaction (with that peer) needs to change". There was also a day where my boss decided to have a conversation with human resources on the phone right outside of my office door where I could hear (instead of his office), and I heard him say that "the stuff I am reporting makes him feel like I have my own agenda, so he is going to continue disciplinary action until I'm terminated.
It has literally gotten so stressful that I have developed anxiety (pulling out my hair), and depressed. No one is offering me any recourse, I'm forced to work under this boss and the racially offensive things are ongoing. I thought HR had to conduct an investigation into these claims. I feel like they were afraid of what would come out. My boss has a history of managers committing suicide and sexual harrassment, but has never been terminated (from what I understand)... I could be wrong, but if any of you can think of any other reason why JR would not have done the interviews, and said what they did to me... please advise.....
between HR not conducting any interviews and the information that I stated, does it sound like I have a case to file with the EEOC? I don't know what to do.