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Sorry, it’s never acceptable to make jokes comparing employees to animals

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It’s never OK to subject employees to offensive jokes, pantomimes or other jests that characterize people as animals. No good can come of it and it’s simply not funny.

Coming from management, there is sure to be backlash.

If you want to lose a hostile environment lawsuit, go ahead and ignore complaints and let managers act like bigots and racists. A recent case illustrates just how big a mistake tolerating such nonsense can be.

Recent case: James, who is black, worked as a limo chauffeur. About 70% of his fellow chauffeurs were also black.

The state of Texas recognizes June 19 as a holiday marking the date in 1865 when slaves in Texas learned that the Civil War had ended and they were emancipated. It is frequently referred to as Emancipation Day or Juneteenth.

James and many of his co-workers often requested June 19 off in order to celebrate.

In 2009, when James asked for the day off, his request was turned down. His supervi...(register to read more)

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