A couple of early comments to our “Zero Tolerance” post earlier this week drew our attention because of the insights shared.  We think that these two comments can be a central point around which an educational discussion/debate can coalesce.

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Lisa Hutchin, Contractor – Labor Relations in Sacramento, CA:

“I think we can have

“Zero Tolerance” – is it an ambiguous term, we asked recently?   Is it a synonym for “non-thinking,” as one reader suggested?

Should it be reserved for serious violations?   Does “one size not fit all?”

New Racial Harassment Case

On October 4th, we posted about a new EEOC Title VII race and national origin harassment lawsuit

The EEOC has just sued a major transportation and distribution services provider from New Jersey for harassment based on race and national origin under Title VII.

This comes after a week of many such racial harassment suits filed by the EEOC.

In this case the EEOC accused company management of using “racial language” such as  

Just when we thought that maybe the N-word — just maybe — had been consigned to the dustbin of employment law history, three new EEOC lawsuits were filed this week in which this word was used against black employees.  See yesterday’s post for a description of the first such suit, and one court’s holding that

Last June a federal court held that the single use of the “N-word” was not enough to create a hostile workplace.  This is not the first court to so hold — but not every court agrees.

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A black replacement janitor claimed that he was subjected to race-based harassment by co-workers who called him “boy,” “black

A North Carolina AutoZone store was just sued by the EEOC for national origin discrimination and harassment.

According to the EEOC, the Hispanic employee was forced to resign, after months of being subjected by the store manager and two co-workers to “unwelcome derogatory slurs, comments and jokes,” such as being called a “sp-c,” “beaner,” “border

On May 28th we did a post entitled “Does One N-Word, One Sexual Assault, Plus Four Other Harassing Incidents In “Eleven Days At Most” Create a Hostile Work Environment?”   We discussed a number of court cases which we found difficult to reconcile, each of which seemingly revolved around the quantum of incidents necessary to

Our recent post asked “how many times an employee must endure a crude and offensive racial or other epithet for the situation to become a hostile work environment?”   We also asked “Is management simply unaware or oblivious, or is the workplace environment top-down, and employees simply conduct themselves in accordance with what they feel

Very few topics which we have discussed in this blog have produced more reader comments than racial harassment, and specically racial slurs and epithets.   On May 15th we asked, based upon a few court decisions which we found difficult to reconcile,  how many many racial slurs must be made before a hostile work environment is