Not saying that anyone would go directly shoreside. But do you think a management level officer is going to be the one who sits on a report? I had a captain who straight up said to us in every monthly crew meeting that if it gets to his level, he’s passing it on to the office period. And I don’t blame him in today’s climate.
Same at my company, but like I said, once it gets above the individuals involved it’s on the fast track to the office (unless it is something just so obviously ridiculous).
Not sure why you and others put the term protected class in quotes as if it’s something I just made up. Just google it if you’re unsure but (as usual) wikipedia sums it up fairly well:
Yeah, but they’ve got that X-card (with ‘X’ being whatever of the protected class they fall into) to throw down when all else fails. “He’s only doing this because I’m ‘X’”. And once that card is played, watch the sphincters tighten up all the way to the wheelhouse and beyond.
This is the bottom line. This hyper sensitive/PC/protected class reality we have now is just that…the reality. I need my job to feed my family so keeping my head down and my mouth shut for 90 days at a time is a small price to pay to keep that intact.