Discrimination in the workplace can create an environment of hostility and mistrust. When managers or supervisors mistreat employees in protected classes, such as race or gender, they are violating laws that protect such groups of people. Co-workers often notice when a boss behaves this way, and they may report such mistreatment to those in authority over the supervisor. The problems are compounded if the supervisor launches a campaign of retaliation against the whistleblower.
California employers have an obligation to investigate and confront any allegations of discrimination. Further, an employer would do well to take any action necessary to ensure such discriminatory practices cease and no retaliation takes place. Retaliation can be difficult to spot since a supervisor may keep such behavior subtle and private. Because of this, following up with employees and supervisors is a good habit, and keeping an open channel of communication will make employees more likely to report further discrimination or retaliation.