Co worker of Indian origin regularly mocked for his accent. Should I report it to HR or leave it?
I’m of Pakistani origin. I have a British accent since that is where I grew up. My best friend in my team is Indian. We, along with an Asian guy, are also the only non white guys in our team of about 16. He is a relatively recent immigrant and has a moderately strong Indian accent.
Without question, he is the smartest person in our team. He has delivered the most impact not just in terms of quantitative metrics but also in a way where his work is definitely very recognized. My manager has repeatedly praised him as one of the most excellent workers he’s seen. Work wise and career wise, he is well respected, and I’m proud of him.
Yet when it comes to any sort of social situation, team gathering, or really anything else, the amount of times he’s just been mocked for his race or accent (when he’s not present) is uncountable. Just last week, one of my coworkers hosting an event asked me to not invite him (I’m close to him) since he’ll just “weird” everyone out the way he talks. Every time I hang out with two of my co workers, and they’re a bit drunk and the topic of him comes up, those same two just start mocking his accent non chalantly. There was one moment where one of the guys said “Imagine being that successful but then going home to a wife who probably cringes during sex while hearing his voice.” I realize they were drunk, but to me, it reveals true intentions. Do you think that something in regards to HR should be done? Should I approach them face to face maybe about this topic?