What are the ramifications of discussing a colleagues sexual orientation
August 16, 2005 3:14 PM Subscribe
What are the ramifications of discussing a colleagues sexual orientation in the workplace.
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (32 answers total)
I was asked by someone about the sexuality of a colleague at work. Specifically, if said colleague is a lesbian. To which I replied to the best of my knowledge no. I also mentioned this conversation to the colleague in question who has then made a complaint to management about the situation leading to 4 employees being put into a disciplinary situation.
I have a few questions:
1. Is there any way to argue this out as being natural behavior and hardly case for a disciplinary action?
2. If someone merely enquired to your sexuality - not in a derogatory / bigot / insulting way would you be offended?
3. Does it neccesarily infer that from the persons reaction that they view someone thinking they could be of a different sexual orientation as an insult indicate that they are the one who is intolerant?