My friend, call her “Sally”, works at a large community college. Recently she made a complaint to HR about her supervisor. It was a thorough complaint raising a number of issues she has encountered consistently over the last 2 years. Many of the complaints aren’t covered under protected categories, however some possibly are, but I’m not sure. These are specifically regarding disparaging comments the supervisor has made about the minority student population, frequent enough to make my friend (not a minority) uncomfortable, and her concern, based off these comments, of discrimination used in awarding certain grants, scholarships, etc the supervisor is in charge of selecting
So, now the supervisor has demanded my friend to present a formal explanation for something or other related to some issue the supervisor claims is traced back to Sally- and when Sally asked how she should proceed, without proper knowledge of the issue, and, what if she is unable to provide an explanation, the supervisor replied that “we’ll see what happens. We don’t tolerate backstabbing here”.
So, what protection, if any, does Sally have, or recourse if she is fired (or demoted, reprimanded, etc.) Sally, not being a minority, has not been discriminated against, but is clearly being retaliated against for calling out discrimination.