In the light of recent hate crimes against Asian Americans, we offer resources for fighting hate and discrimination in the workplace.
One might think that the shared misery that the pandemic has caused might unite us all as a nation, and in many ways, it has. Unfortunately, crises tend to bring out both the best and the worst in people, and the pandemic has also revealed an ugly underbelly of racism and hate. All too many people have channeled their anger and anxiety about COVID-19 into blaming, harassing, and discriminating against Asian Americans. Several of our clients have raised concerns about this and asked for support resources, which we include below in this post.
This is an issue that employers need to think about, particularly as many employers make plans to return to a shared physical workplace after nearly a year of remote work. In welcoming people back, it’s a good time for employers to re-emphasize core values of a respectful, tolerant, and inclusive workplace. As part of that message, emphasize your organization’s prohibitions against harassment, hate, discrimination, and violence in the workplace.
Among steps you might take:
- Mandate trainings in anti-harassment and discrimination for all supervisors and managers. Some states require that anti-harassment trainings for all employees. (ESI EAP offers various anti-discrimination and anti-harassment trainings for both managers and employees)
- Circulate and post messages of inclusion, tolerance, and respect.
- Develop an anti-discrimination policy, if you don’t already have one.(See FindLaw: Sample Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policies and HR Toolkit: Anti-discrimination policy for samples.)
We’ve compiled various resources on hate, racism and harassment that might be helpful to your organization, your managers, and your employees. Click the links in this list for indicated topic.
- In the Workplace
- Hate Crimes & Laws
- How Allies and Bystanders Can Help
- Resources Against Hate, Racism, Discrimination and Harassment
- Resources for and in Support of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
In the Workplace
Learn about the various types of discrimination and harassment prohibited by the laws enforced by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC.
EEOC – Harassment – Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Harassment becomes unlawful where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.
Petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not rise to the level of illegality. To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.
Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance. Harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including, but not limited to, the following:
- The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, an agent of the employer, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
- The victim does not have to be the person harassed, but can be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
- Unlawful harassment may occur without economic injury to, or discharge of, the victim.
EEOC Small Business Resource Center – Need information about a specific discrimination topic? We’ve categorized EEOC material for small businesses categorized by topic, so you can find what you need quickly and easily.
Hate Crimes & Laws
- US Department of Justice – Learn about hate crimes in the US
- How to report a hate crime to the FBI
- Federal and state hate crime laws
- Prior related post: HR Guide to Employment Law 2021
How Allies and Bystanders Can Help
- Your Guide to Bystander Intervention
- HeartMob – Join the movement to end online harassment
- Seven Harmful Racial Discourse Practices to Avoid
- Bystander Intervention Training from Hollaback!
- Report Hate
Resources Against Hate, Racism, Discrimination, and Harassment
- Hollaback! – a global, people-powered movement to end harassment — in all its forms. We believe that we all deserve to be who we are, wherever we are. Working across all spaces — including online, the workplace, transportation, protests, the polling booth, and encompassing all identities — including women, LGBTQ+ folks, Black folks, Indigenous folks, people of color, religious minorities, people with disabilities, immigrants, and all others who are treated as “less than” just for being who they are. We seek to uproot hate and harassment.
- Race Forward – brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Founded in 2002, the Center for Social Inclusion catalyzed community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. Race Forward is home to the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network of local government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.
- American Psychological Association – racism, bias, and discrimination resources
- ADL – a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion.
Resources for and in Support of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. It advocates for an America in which all Americans can benefit equally from, and contribute to, the American dream. Our mission is to advance the civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all:
- Bystander Intervention Virtual Trainings
- Stand Against Hatred – Tell us your story; read stories; report hate incidents
- Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources to Stand Against Racism – responding to being targeted for COVID-19
- Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) – founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States.
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) is to promote the mental health and well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
- Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) – Advancing the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.
- Asian Mental Health Collective – Building a community for Asian mental health support.
- Law360 3 Ways Employers Can Help Asian Workers As Attacks Surge
- EEOC Condemns Violence Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States
- HR Dive – EEOC urges employers to mind bias against Asian Americans during pandemic
- How managers can support their Asian peers through the troubling increase in anti-Asian violence
- PBS: What you can do to fight violence and racism against Asian Americans
- TIME: Donating, Volunteering, Reporting Hate Incidents: Here’s How to Help Combat Anti-Asian Violence