When The Racism Card Has Trample

, , , , | Legal | March 28, 2019

(At my store, there’s a cashier that everyone knows as lazy, prone to disappearing from the floor, taking breaks without warning, and breaking rules for both herself and customers. All the managers know she does these things, and she’s been written up multiple times. I’m talking with another coworker about her.)

Me: “Yeah, I’m surprised she’s not fired yet. We basically pay her to play around in the store.”

Coworker: “Oh, it’s because she threatened to sue for discrimination.”

Me: “What?”

Coworker: “Yeah, they told her if she kept it up they’d have to fire her, and she said she’d just claim racism.”

Me: “That’s… not how racism works. It’s not racist to fire a bad employee.”

Coworker: “Yeah, but a lawyer could figure out how to get the court to think it is.”

(It’s been six months and she still “works” at the store.)

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