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Old 11-16-2005, 09:23 PM   #16
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When I was a clerical temp, I had a potty-mouthed boss at one of my jobs. Literally every third word out of his mouth was an obscenity. Whether he was talking to clients on the phone or talking to employees, it was s*** this and f*** that and g**d*** the other. I'm no prude, but it was very unpleasant to have to hear an unending stream of vulgarity. Then they had the nerve to tell my temp agency that I had a "bad attitude". Well, how am I supposed to be Little Mary Sunshine while hearing that filth all day?!

This guy in the news story is worse. When a boss says something like this:

Offensive remarks attributed to Chillemi include saying that a pregnant woman had "tits" like "cannons"
That IS sexual harrassment. I don't care what legal spin you put on it, he was making a crude remark about a woman's body. This sort of behavior is extremely off-putting and unprofessional and makes for a very uncomfortable working environment. This jerk should have been fired long ago, and made to take sensitivity training classes as well.

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Old 11-16-2005, 10:24 PM   #17
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Do cretins like that really still exist? And if so, why not hold his boss/bosses responsible? I mean, is it even conceivable that anyone in upper management would support the idea of this guy being in any kind of supervisory position knowing the rate at which today's society pursues lawsuits???? Why would you create such a liability for yourself?

And while absolutely unprofessional, crass, crude and vile, I wouldn't consider his comments so much harrassment as simply insulting and terribly revealing of his low intelligence.

Regardless, I'm soo thankful I don't work in that kind of atmosphere!

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Old 11-17-2005, 05:09 AM   #18
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Pregnant women get offended all the time, and by people with nothing but good intentions. I am going to bet that statistically, some of you guys in here offend without even knowing. Ever exclaimed to a pregnant friend "gosh, you're getting big now!" Ever stopped to consider just how chuffed that might make her feel? Trust me, it happens almost daily when pregnant. It's highly insulting. Ever rubbed or laid your hand on a pregnant friend's stomach without asking? If you have, there's a good chance your friend was probably wishing to punch you at the time.

Does anyone find it particularly easier to comment on a thinner person than a larger framed person? Would anyone think twice if a friendly and well meaning boss made a small joke about the cold and someone's slight frame being greatly affected, and call that an inappropriate workplace comment?

I think we all have elements of this in us somewhere. I believe the best people even get it wrong. It's easy to point at blatantly rude people like this fellow, but I wonder how often we do this without even realising.
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Old 11-17-2005, 06:04 AM   #19
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do you say tits and pussy very often angela....?
women have to work ....and this guy, although he sounds like a diamond in the rough,(not) needs to find work more suitable...
maybe do some voice overs for the porn industry or somefink.
sounds like he hates his job and is making his subordinates hate it too ,
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Old 11-17-2005, 06:32 AM   #20
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There are also ways people can hurt you without saying a word, sometimes when I get really down about it I would almost rather hear crap like that. Not really of course but..

There are subtle methods of harassment that hurt and humiliate you that really aren't all that subtle at all.
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it just makes me crazy ...cuz most women dont like to stir up trouble and arent confrontational - and least of all ,feel as if they have a voice.

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