New Faculty: Person A is doing this and that to me, it is harassment and/or discrimination.
Professor Zero: I did not realize Person A engaged in this kind of activity. If you are as concerned as you say and you are not able to resolve the issue with her directly, you might ask the department chair for advice, off the record. This will alert her to the situation and she may be able to halt it. Keep a log of the behavior in case it does not halt. If it does not, you should report it formally.
PZ: I am rather sure Person A has no ill intent, and I have reason to know she is under severe stress at this time. However, what you describe is serious and if it is real you should pursue the matter through channels, in a discreet way.
NF: Oh, no. I would never do that. I would never say anything bad about anyone to a department chair. That would make me look terrible. I just need to vent about person A. She is such a witch!
PZ: You have just met both her and me. I have been working well with her for years. I strongly advise you not to use that kind of language to talk about people here, especially not before you understand the lay of the land.
Comment by PZ: This person lost my support for his continued employment in that conversation. Be my guest, count the reasons. Keep in mind that his having “dissed” a colleague I know better than I do NF, and whom I trust at least to some extent is not one.