Anonymous asked realsocialskills:
i recently got a job and my boss is ableist. a group of people with disabilities came in and i was talking to one of the women about the movie we had on and my boss pulled me to the side and told me i “cant do that” because “their minds dont work as fast” and told me i have to treat them like i would children. what do i do??? (if possible please respond quickly, the same group frequents the shop and i really dont know how to handle this situation at all)
I never know a good way to respond to bosses who act this way.
The least bad approach I’ve been able to think of is listening to them say ableist things, then ignoring their advice and treating the customers with disabilities like people when they’re not looking.
Depending on the work hierarchy, it might be possible to complain to their boss. That works in some situations but not others.
There’s probably a better approach though. Have any of y'all found a good way to handle this?