I'm an off-shift chemist in a manufacturing plant. I work closely with a group of process workers, 90% of which are minorities.
It seems like the African American and Hispanic workers are always getting write-ups and suspensions for honest mistakes.
There's a Caucasian worker on my shift who is constantly cutting corners. He's recently caused an issue out of laziness and when confronted about it, he blatantly lied. He even implicated me. When I was questioned by management, there was no doubt they believed me; however, he hasn't been reprimanded in any way. The minority workers on my shift say this type of favoritism happens all the time.
Clearly, leniency based on race is discrimination. We do have an anonymous hotline. Should I seek out an explanation from HR first? Can I do this without looking "problematic"?