There are times when I hate this time of year.
How do you explain to your supervisor that comments like “lets burn the witch at the stake” are really, really offensive?
She is a Christian and I am Wiccan. She does not know what religion I am, I believe that religion should be kept out of the work place (thus discouraging discrimination). She posts bible verses in her office and goes to church three times a week.
This morning one of the ladies that I work with was decorating for the holiday. One of her decorations is an ugly, green faced, hooked nose, warts all over witch doll which hangs from the ceiling.
She asked for my supervisor opinion on where it should go, and my supervisor replied “It’s a witch, lets burn it at the stake.”
The lady who decorates then decided (all unknowingly, I hope) that it was to go right next to my office.
The damned thing has been staring at me with its beady little eyes all damned day. I finally asked one of the guys to move it. I don’t care where, as long as it isn’t staring at me.
So. The problem of the doll being next to my office is fixed, albeit temporarily. There is always the possibility that the lady-who-decorates will come back and move it to its original position again.
The problem of the supervisor. I wanted to rip her head off when she made her unbelievable comment, now I have calmed down a bit. Now I just want an apology. But then I end up with the inevitable discrimination.
Maybe I should make a little poppet in a white robe, make it a little cross, and hang that from the ceiling next to her office while making comments about feeding Christians to lions like the good 'ol days.