Swearing in the Workplace: How Do I Handle It?Posted in : How do I handle it NI on 17 April 2018
An employee has just complained about his manager swearing at him. This is a tough environment – people swear all the time and the humour is pretty black – how do I handle it?
In many industries swearing forms part of the language of the workplace; swear words are normalised and are seldom noticed, let alone complained about. However, when a complaint is made, language which seemed innocuous can give rise to a number of real legal risks.
The most obvious risk arising from swearing at work is that an employee may feel (or say they feel) that swearing has been directed at them rather than used in conversation. Once swearing is directed at an individual,
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