The right thing to do would be to move the person harassing and discriminating against you from the work area. However, the employer does not need to do this, but , if you continue to be harassed as a result of filing a claim of harassment your case may actually get better. I suggest that you contact a good employment lawyer to help you strategize. Lawyers will give you a free consultation.
Best of luck.
It sounds like you are in a very uncomfortable position. You may want to seek the guidance of an employment attorney. You should also keep a log or journal of any harassment that occurs.
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Your employer needs to investigate your complaint. Meanwhile, although it may not be wise to continue to have you work under the person who you have complained about, they can lawfully do so. Keep a record of any evidence of further discrimination. If the discrimination and harassment based on your race continues, call an employment law attorney to discuss.
Your employer does not have to separate you and the supervisor pending the investigation. However in the meantime, work will probably be uncomfortable for you. Keep detailed notes about that transpires in your workplace, including who said what, where, dates and who was present.
You may want to consult with an experienced employment attorney to help guide you though this matter. You can look on the California Employment Lawyers Association at www.CELA.com.
Guidance is generally available in the form of a free initial consult. I agree with the advice given by other attorneys on this board. Your situation is stressful anand you must have a plan to protect yourself.
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I agree with the answers above. Be certain to keep detailed records. You could locate an employment law attorney through CELA who practices in Ojai or Santa Barbara to discuss your claims. Most local attorneys offer a free consultation.
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