What are the actions to take if a direct manager makes inappropriate comments to a contractor?
This is a right to work state, which means that an employee can be terminated at anytime without cause. Additionally the person in question is a contractor, which in my experience, if there is a minor disagreement between a full time employee and the contractor, HR solves the problem by terminating the contractor.
The situation is that the direct manager made a quip about the contractor's wife being an old lady, suggesting that the wife is 85 years old or something along those lines. It was totally uncalled for.
What would you recommend? My own would be to keep my mouth shut until the contractor is ready to move on. Perhaps then HR can become involved, but it would only lead to the contractor's termination.