What seems like a joke to members of the majority can be deeply hurtful to members of a minority. These days, that’s a particular issue in areas with a large concentration of people of Middle Eastern heritage—such as Michigan.
As the “war on terror” shows no signs of abating, it makes sense to remind managers and supervisors to stay away from any comments on ethnicity, including jokes about airport security and the like.
Recent case: Kenneth Eid worked for Saint-Gobain Abrasives for years and generally was well-liked. Eid, who was born in the United States, is Arab-American and practices the Eastern Orthodox faith. He also has a dark complexion.
Eid began having trouble with a white supervisor (nicknamed “the Swede” because of his ethnicity) who made comments suggesting Arabs should be deported. The supervisor also said that white males couldn’t get into Yale because of all the affirmative action plans that favored minor...(register to read more)
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