By okaythen - United States - Arcata
Today, I got written up by HR after my new coworker told them I had an ignorant, offensive caricature of Native American people decorating my desk. It was a framed photograph of an actual Native American tribe that belonged to my history buff grandfather. FML
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  Brandi_Faith  |  33

Drives me nuts when people (bosses or HR) just write people up without investigating first and getting to the bottom of a situation. Just because someone has said something about another doesn't mean it's automatically true.

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  Shmatterhorn  |  38

I doubt that it will make a difference. The co-worker has a preconceived notion of what Native Americans are like, and very little is going to change their mind.

By  sohigh10  |  34

What happened to just confronting people.. immediately going to HR wasn't even warranted if it had been a caricature

By  queerdragon  |  20

In a normal world:

Coworker: Oh, that is an interesting picture. Can I ask about it?

OP: Oh, my grandfather is a historian/history buff and gave it to me. It's the Awesome Tribe of the Super Cool Valley.

Coworker: Oh, cool. I learned something new. *Goes back to chewing gum and fucking up people's FIOS*

But apparently common sense doesn't exist.

Go to HR, show them the picture, and maybe then take it home since it's causing you issues.

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  Shmatterhorn  |  38

I agree that taking the picture home would be the best course of action. It would be in a place where OP could enjoy it, and there would be one less item that the complainer can be offended by.