Top management at my company has decided to set up workshops to think about the future of the company, mixing together executives, low-level management (such as myself), shop-floor workers and "strategy consultants".
A group has been assigned to the select few, and invitations sent, with 10 days notice. There is no direct subordination line between any of the attendees (ie. no-one above or below me is in the same group as me).
Immediately after receiving the invitation, one of the participants, a female shop-floor worker, politely said, in a group mail to all attendees, that she had scheduled time-off a while back, that it had been approved, and so on, and that she could not make the first meeting. She got a nice reply from the group lead, "enjoy your vacation" and so on.
The first workshop goes on, and in the meeting minutes from the consultant, it says, as a foreword:
Some shop-floor workers have not attended the workshop. This resistance and disdain can be understood as mistrust of their own abilities to contribute to a long-term reflexion ("glass-ceiling")
This really sets me off, as turning not wanting to cancel approved vacation a week before into disdain feels simply dishonest to me.
However, I am wondering if I should step in or not. I am the archetypal white-cis-middle-aged man, and some would say it is not my battle to fight, as no one has done me any wrong.
To expand a bit further this particular situation, and broaden the scope:
(When) should you step in to defend a minority or otherwise marginalized individual?