profanity in the office
Even though, in our employee handbook, we prohibit the use of profane language, we are finding we must address this issue lately. We have recently experienced a major turnover of staff in our sales dept. I guess the use of this language isn't new, but the new people object to hearing certain words. We are addressing the matter by counseling and allowing the opportunity to repair the working atmosphere. One of the newcomers, however, insists that use of the "f-word", (such as, where is that"X*#&ing" file?)is actionable, as in bring litigation against the company for allowing it to happen. Is this true & if so, under what protection. How about if the same word was used to reference an individual, (such as, get out of my face, you "X*#&ing [female dog]"!) Is this actionable & again, if yes, how?