Growing up in the States you wouldn’t think being treated differently because of the color of you skin or heritage is a big deal anymore. An issue that doesn’t happen often. I would hear rude comment here and there and I would shrug it off. In a way to build a thicker skin. I hear about issues from other people being discriminated at work. I know there are people out there that just hate on others, but to find out that is happening to my mom, just hurt.
My mom just moved to a new salon after her old one shut down. She was devastated and stressed out finding a place to work. One of her old coworkers helped her out and found a nearby salon. People who work at the salon rent out a station, so each associate is responsible for their own clients. She worked there for about five months + and little issues started to arise. The manager at the store has a known history of picking on one ethnic associate until they leave the salon. So when the last person left, my mom was her target. The first thing she did was yelled at my mom and the other Vietnamese associates preventing them from speaking Vietnamese. The other associates in fear of losing their station, the next day made the “manager” lunch. It makes me sad that speaking little English entails lesser job security. Why can’t they speak their own language freely? After hearing this, I couldn’t eat for days. I was so pissed off how my mom’s freedom is so restricted. Anyone would say She could just move else where but the location is close to out home and I share the car with her so she can’t go far.She had already made a big transitions with her customers and doesn’t want to lose anymore of them.
After this issue the other non minority associates and “manager’ would go and pick on my mom. They would comment on how she speaks to her customers and how she handles her work. I’m sorry my mom didn’t grow up in the United States, she does things differently. They claim that she is stealing clients but she isn’t. Once one of her station -mate asked her to the their customer that they were running late and the non minority associate yelled at my mom claiming she was trying to steal the client. It hard for my to defend herself, she has difficulty coming up with English Sentences. My mom would go home crying pretty much once a week. I hurt me seeing her like this. She would tell me that the “manger” would pull her aside and yell at her in front of the other associates about pretty much everything she does and they only response she could say is “I’m sorry..” The manager also gathers a group and would loudly say rude comments about my mom while she is working. This is work place not high school. I offered to come in and speak with the “manger” but she fears that she will lose her job.
I am really distraught and sadden about what is going on. I don’t know what to do and feel so helpless. I’ve been depressed about this and at time I get so angry all I do is punch my pillow. If any one knows what to do please pm me. How cam someone prevent others their basic rights, to speak, and then harass them.