When do jokes cross the line to become racial harassment?
Harassment is illegal if it is severe or pervasive enough to alter the victim's working conditions.
I work at a manufacturing plant, where most of the employees are white. I'm African American, and a group of coworkers have started making jokes and teasing comments about the fact that I'm the only African American employee in our work group. At first, it seemed like they didn't mean anything by it, but the comments have become more frequent and more hurtful. They say things like, "let the Black guy do it" when some grunt work has to be done, or "that's reverse discrimination!" when I get to take my lunch break first or I pull more overtime. (These perks rotate, so they get them just as often as I do.) Is this harassment?