Richmond Heights high school, located in Ohio, has suspended their basketball coach, Jason Popp, for allegations coming from his players, all-African American. Despite a perfect season thus far, the fourth-year head coach is not basking in his glory, instead he is facing accusations that he used racial slurs and inappropriate language toward his players and their families in basketball settings. Popp was quoted as saying to his team, “Well, you guys don’t go out and play n*gger basketball. ‘Cause this is what they gonna expect ya’ll to do, play n*gger basketball.” The behavior was so consistent and offensive that the payers said they were willing to boycott the rest of the season if Popp was not removed. The school superintendent Dr. Linda Hardwick is investigating the allegations. Read more.
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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