Every day, our employment lawyers use our blog to educate about various discrimination and harassment issues in the workplace. Today, I want to share with you a Saturday Night Live skit from this past weekend that had HR representatives educating workers on sexual harassment and the use of the “n-word” in the workplace. Here’s the video.
The SNL video portrays what it believes is over the top sexually hostile work environment, botched HR investigations, as well as race discrimination. The problem is that this pales in comparison to what our employment lawyers deal with every day. I mean, we currently have a case where the employer is defending the pervasive use of the n-word at work because it thinks that Jay-Z said the word is no longer offensive. We’ve had employers drop off gift bags of dildos to subordinate women. One 36-year-old manager asked a 16-year-old girl to have a threesome … with her mother. Another company defended that decision to not let a Black worker wear a hoodie or sell in the White suburbs saying that it could not possibly be race discrimination since they could not possibly know that our client was Black without doing a DNA test. That client had a very dark complexion. I could go on. But the point of this blog is that no one should think that just because SNL makes a parody of hostile work environments, employees don’t really face this type of conduct or worse.
When that happens, it is very important to take those complaints at face value. It is also very important for workers faced with hostile work environments based on race/color, religion, gender/sex (including pregnancy and LGBTQ+ status), national origin, age, and disability discrimination or harassment to get the best lawyers to help them address these situations.
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