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Warn bosses: Don’t criticize Martin Luther King Day

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Here’s a reminder to make sure supervisors stay clear of language or commentary that could be viewed as racist.

Recent case: Kay, who is black, claimed her white supervisor frequently referred to black em­­ployees as “you people” and regularly called them “idiots.” She said he never used those terms when referring to other employees.

Plus, the supervisor lamented that the company observed Martin Luther King Day as a holiday. He wanted to remain open that day.

Kay was fired shortly after complaining about race discrimination and hostility.

She sued, alleging that she had worked in a racially hostile work environment. The court said she had enough to warrant moving the case forward to trial. (Bellamy v. Waterfront Square Condos and Spa, No, 12-6618, ED PA, 2013)

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