When you work somewhere where your primary language isn’t spoken, you have to adapt. Even while doing that, there may be times when you don’t understand jokes or comments made at your expense. In those cases, you may find out later that someone was harassing you or making improper statements about you without your knowledge.
As a Spanish speaker, it is important that you take those incidents seriously. You may be a victim of discrimination, sexual or other kinds of harassment just because of your language differences and despite your best efforts at assimilation.
Why does harassment occur?
Harassment occurs for plenty of reasons ranging from someone taking a joke too far to having a disparity of power in the workplace. Any hostile, rude or abusive treatment of another worker could constitute harassment, even if no sexual overtones were present.
What to do if harassed or incidents of abuse occur at work?
If you experience harassment in the workplace or are being discriminated against, it is important to talk to your employer about your concerns. If your employer is the one who is causing you trouble, then it’s time to find a legal advocate who can fight back for you.
Consider working with a bilingual attorney to get the support you need
Harassment and discrimination are not allowed in the workplace. If you’re harassed or believe that discrimination has occurred, it may be worth the time to work with a bilingual attorney on your case. They will be able to review your concerns and take statements in both English and Spanish to help them get a better understanding of your situation.