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  •  Well, I'm sure that academia is different from (3+ / 0-)

    business.  But that doesn't mean academia can ignore federal laws.  And while I agree with your interpretation, others may not.  And ultimately, that is what matters.  What is racist, sexist, homophobic, etc., to you or me is going to be different for others.  Thus, most HR Depts., to remove any doubt or confusion simply state "do not post personal opinion or political or religious or anything having to do with race, color, sex, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or age or disability on public work spaces.  Again, it is shocking to hear that an HR Dept. would be so quiet on an issue that causes so may work place issues and law suits.  

    •  I have worked in business and academia. (3+ / 0-)
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      I worked at the University of Chicago for 10 years, and would never have posted in my cube either of the cartoons you have displayed.

      People at the U of C were, in my experience, generally far more liberal than in the business world.  They were, however, very sensitive about display of items that would offend coworkers.

      At one pharma company where I worked, a coworker was asked by management to take down from his cube, a picture of a lady in a bikini.  This was not pornography, and no "erogenous zones" were exposed, but it was regarded as something that some people would find offensive.  I'm sure the person who put up the photo saw nothing wrong with it.  I suppose if that had been nokkonwud, he would have then posted a more revealing photo, just to stick a thumb in management's eye.

      It is better to err on ths side of caution in the workplace, than to offend coworkers, or worse, clients.

      •  Actually, bikini photos are covered (0+ / 0-)

        by the workshop on sexual harassment as not acceptable.

        In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria. Ben Franklin

        by nokkonwud on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 05:37:54 PM PDT

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