What Can I Do if I See Someone Else Being Discriminated Against?
Your Right to Oppose Discrimination Against a Coworker
Sometimes you may not be the target of discriminatory acts, but witness them occurring to a co-worker.
You can play an important role in addressing discrimination in the workplace by being an ally, and there are legal protections for you if you choose to do so. You should first talk to the person you see as the victim of the discrimination, though. There may be reasons they don't want to address the issue at that particular time, and you should make sure you are actually doing something of service to them before you act.
If you decide to report it to management, you are protected against retaliation just as if you were reporting discrimination against yourself. Similarly, if you assist that person in asserting any claims or making any reports, that too is protected activity under the anti-discrimination laws.
Learn more here about unlawful retaliation in Massachusetts.
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