This article about racist comments and racism has been supplied by Frank Higginson, Hynes Legal.
Question: Our onsite manager makes racist comments during meetings of lot owners. I find this racism very inappropriate from a manager running a complex with many different nationalities.
Approximately 2 years ago we bought a unit in a beautiful building on the Gold Coast.
We feel the onsite manager’s behaviour is inappropriate and racist.
During meetings attended by approximately 25 people from our building he publicly makes racist comments about how he does not like “members of other nationalities coming downstairs to eat their noodles and play on the web.” He also regularly refers to other nationalities overusing common property areas and resources such as the internet and shower facilities around the pool area.
I am a member of another nationality. I bought a unit here and I’m paying my quarterly levies like all owners. Am I not an equal member of the community? Isn’t this racist? I find this racism very inappropriate from a manager running a complex with many different nationalities.
Answer: Racism is not acceptable in any form. But for me, this is one of evidence.
Racism is not acceptable in any form. But for me, this is one of evidence.
Inevitably if no one else witnessed the behaviour it becomes a game of ‘he said – she said’.
Some statements from others not involved would be helpful and then I think it is a matter of making a formal complaint to the body corporate about the behaviour to see whether it changes.
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