Sunday, October 30, 2005

Harrassment.

Wow.... Spent four hours in a "shades of harrassment" class required at work.....

Here's some of the questions....

Question 1:
Racial or gender jokes are not discriminatory if everyone enjoys the joke.
True
False

Question 2:
It's okay to tell jokes about people's national origin in the workplace, just as long as they're not "over the top".
True
False

Question 3:
Referring to persons of other races as "you people", can be offensive and harassing.
True
False

Question 4:
Repeatedly asking a co-worker to join you for religious service could be harassment if that person has already refused.
True
False

Question 5:
Imitating another employees accent may be an act of discrimination against someone's national origin.
True
False

Question 6:
.Asking another employee questions about their personal life could create a "hostile work environment".
True
False

Question 7:
The comment, "What do you think this will do to your career?", to a pregnant female can be harassment.
True
False

Question 8:
Inviting spouses to company sponsored events, but not "significant others" of unmarried employees is an act of discrimination.
True
False

Question 9:
Greeting female African-American employees by saying "Hey girlfriend!", could create a "hostile work environment", if you don't greet caucasian women the same manner.
True
False

Question 10:
Asking a job applicant if their family obligations might limit the amount of travel they can engage in is an illegal question.
True
False

now those questions seem pretty straight forward..... But what about the "shades of grey"? How many of these "discrimination" suits come after Counseling or Warning letters?

"He looks at me funny"

"She picks on me because I am Mexican"

"He picks on me because I am black"

All I can say is that I am surprised there aren't more harrassment charges then there already is.... Human interaction, perception and and prevailing attitudes of getting the quick cash all lend themselves to more suits.....

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