I was recently interviewed for the Star-Ledger to discuss appropriate & inappropriate comments in the workplace. During our discussion we examined the recent flap over David Letterman’s one-liners about Sarah Palin’s teenage daughter. I think this has served as a reminder that people often cross the line of appropriateness even when they think they’re being funny.
Anything that involves the big five — gender, religion, age, sexual orientation or ethnicity — are off limits. They’re completely inappropriate for the workplace. Please take a minute to read the original post as I provided some cues for workers to follow if they think a joke-telling colleague is crossing the line. You can read the entire post here.