Last week, Tracy Morgan got himself in trouble over a stand-up
performance, during which he commented, among other things, that if his son was
gay he'd stab him. Taken out of context, Morgan's comments are hateful and
contemptible. Taken in context, you could view them as in poor taste, biting
satire on homophobia, or both. For his part (and likely in an attempt to save
his job on 30 Rock following the public backlash), Morgan has apologized.
I bring up this story to highlight the following-if the
court of public opinion can crucify a stand-up comic for words he uses in jest
while performing on a stage, imagine what a jury comprised of those same people
could do to your business in a lawsuit over words used in your workplace.
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