Here’s something to consider when punishing employees for the use of racial or ethnic slurs: Don’t think that one race can use a term, but that another cannot.
That may very well be reverse race discrimination and give the punished worker grounds for a lawsuit.
The best bet is to ban the use of such terms for everyone—not just a select few—regardless of what current cultural norms may hold.
Recent case: Thomas, who is white, was an experienced TV newsman who brought 17 years of skill to his job at Philadelphia’s Fox29 station. He was an award-winning reporter, having taken home the Edward R. Murrow Award for electronic journalism one year. He co-anchored a news broadcast with a black, female reporter.
In 2007, Thomas was in a newsroom editorial meeting with eight other reporters and editors, six white and three black. During the meeting, the group discussed a news story they were planning to run featuring a mock burial of ...(register to read more)