Kanye West appeared on NBC’s Today Show on November 11, 2010, in a segment with Matt Lauer, which was suppose to be a platform for Kanye to issue an apology for the statements he made about former President Bush during the Katrina disaster.   In previous interview with Matt Lauer, former President George W. Bush told Lauer that the lowest point of his presidency came days after the Katrina Hurricane ripped through New Orleans, and the outspoken rapper Kanye West stated “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”  West was brought on to the Today Show for what should have been an apology.  The Today Show rolled the clip of West making a statement about Bush, to which West told Lauer, “I would tell George Bush, in my moment of frustration, I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist but I believe that in a situation of high emotion like that, we as human beings don’t always choose the right words.”  Then Lauer rolled a clip of the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards where West rudely interrupted Taylor Swift on stage.  West said to Lauer “Yo, how am I supposed to talk if you’re going to run the thing in the middle while I’m talking?…Please don’t let that happen again. It’s ridiculous.”  Lauer defended the practice of showing old footage during interviews as standard.  Full article: msnbc.com

Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).  Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Harassment becomes unlawful where enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.  Petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not rise to the level of illegality.  To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.  Repeatedly accusing another of being a racist or another derogatory term may rise to the level of harassment.  It is important to consult with an experienced employment attorney if you believe you are being harassed at work.

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