by mark russ  02/01/2019  21 Comments  545 Page Views
Employment law, compensation law
Good afternoon all,

I'm in a position to liaise with HR on a recent workplace complaint. One of my direct reports (who is a supervisor) made an inappropriate joke about another person (team leader). This occurs on a mine site and swearing is far from uncommon.

There were four individuals involved in the conversation when the supervisor called the team leader "black c...". The team leader is indigenous. The supervisor apologized shortly after that saying that it was a big mistake and that it was a joke.

I would like to know whether this type of racial comment warrants a dismissal? The alleviating circumstances are that the supervisor has unblemished work history and hasn't been reprimanded for similar issues in the past. The comment was not intended to offend the individual and wasn't threate

Your thoughts would be much appreciated.