Wednesday, July 15, 2009
When I saw the headline "Boss 'sorry' over fake boobs joke", I made the sexist assumption that the "boss" in question was a man. Wrong! What did the "boss" do or say that was offensive? These were the lowlights of her actions to an employee who had had both breasts removed due to cancer:
- She gave her a pair of fake breasts (with tassels!) for Christmas
- She would repeatedly say things like, 'keep abreast of things, Janet' or 'you've dropped a boob there'
However, to make things right, the boss fired her. Then, after losing a wrongful termination lawsuit, she apologized and said she never meant to cause offense*. Riiiiiiiiight.
* Being British, she probably didn't want to cause offenCe, actually.