California Attorney General Jerry Brown, the state’s Democratic candidate for governor, left a phone message for a prospective endorser, but apparently forgot to hang up – left on the message was a discussion between Brown and his staff members. Although there is some dispute over who actually says the word – either Brown or a staffer uses the word “whore” to describe his Republican rival Meg Whitman. A statement released by the Whitman camp: “The use of the term ‘whore’ is an insult to both Meg Whitman and to the women of California. This is an appalling and unforgivable smear against Meg Whitman. At the very least Mr. Brown tacitly approved this despicable slur and he himself may have used the term at least once on this recording.” Recently Whitman accepted Brown’s apology, but stated Californians deserve better than the traditional politics of slurs and personal attacks. Some say, politics as usual. Full article
When it comes to racial or ethnic slurs, sexually inappropriate language or ageist remarks, there is no denying that it continues to thrive in the workplace. There is an overwhelming amount of reports of what is referred to as “water cooler banter.” Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Offensive conduct that rises to the level of harassment in the workplace is unlawful. This may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance. For more information: EEOC Website
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