Assistants who face harassment and/or discrimination in the workplace are rarely in a position to resolve these issues one-on-one with their employer. In such cases, a third party is needed to facilitate an intervention.
Because artists’ studios most often lack a Human Resources department there are few options available for individuals who need support. One resource for workers who believe that they are facing discrimination and/or harassment is the website for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Workers can contact the EEOC for a confidential conversation about how to proceed and inquire about the possibility of filing a discrimination charge.
For residents of New York City, the NYC Commission of Human Rights offers many resources. The New York City Human Rights Law prohibits discrimination in the workplace. Through the NYC Commission on Human Rights, employees who are being discriminated against can explore enforcement options through the Commission’s Law Enforcement Bureau.