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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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Wanda, who is Black, works at a grocery store. On Wanda's first day, one of the delivery men, who is White, was very rude to her. Since then, this delivery man has attached mean jokes or cartoons about Black people to packages he leaves with Wanda. What should Wanda do?

  1. A is incorrect.
    Employers may be held responsible for harassment, even when the harasser is not an employee, if the employer knew about the harassment and did not try to stop it. The grocery store could, for example, contact the delivery company, tell them about the harassment, and insist that it stop immediately. The grocery store could also request that a different delivery person handle the store's package delivery.

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  2. B is correct.
    Although Wanda is not legally required to confront the delivery man, she may tell him to stop harassing her, if she feels comfortable doing so. Wanda should also immediately report the delivery man's conduct to the person responsible for handling harassment and discrimination complaints at the grocery store.

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  3. C is correct.
    Wanda should report the harassment to the grocery store immediately. Once the store knows Wanda is being harassed because of her race, it has a responsibility to stop the harassment and to protect her from further harassment.

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  4. D is correct.
    By addressing the harassment with both the delivery man and her employer, Wanda may help ensure that the harassment stops as soon as possible. Wanda also could talk to her parents, her teacher, or another trusted adult, or contact EEOC.

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