The mayor of East Haven is under fire after making a racist comment about Latinos after four of the city police officers were charged with using excessive force against undocumented immigrants. A local reporter asked Maturo what he will do to reach out to the Latino community in response to the arrests. Maturo’s answer: “I might have tacos when I go home, I’m not sure yet.” Shortly after the news interview went on air, the video went viral. The Governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy, quickly responded to the off color remarks as “repugnant and unacceptable.” Maturo has since apologized to the Latino community for his remarks. Full article.

Today, slurs and remarks run wild 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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