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Slaw: Forwarding sexually suggestive humorous emails and workplace harassment

press-the-buttonI recently received at my work email address a link to a YouTube video of a very popular Irish television show, Mrs Brown’s Boys. In my opinion, this is the best comedy show that has come from the BBC in a very long time. The episode in question, “Mrs. Brown gets a bikini wax”, was so funny to me, I was crying from laughter at my desk. My first impulse was to share the video with some of my co-workers who have a similar sense of humour. However, I hesitated before I pressed the send button, and I decided to exclude males, which I had never done before.

Why am I so concerned?

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Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 18 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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3 thoughts on “Slaw: Forwarding sexually suggestive humorous emails and workplace harassment
  • I agree with you Sujata! Best to keep personal business out of the workplace. The people I train often complain that this kind of approach will curtail their freedom of expression. Freedoms that exist in our personal lives don’t always exist in the workplace!

  • Sujata says:

    I do not find the material offensive. The video is a good laugh and I might share it with friends via our personal email addresses. But I would never forward it to any co-worker (male or female) through the business email system.

  • I just watched the video and you’re right—it’s hilarious! It’s a humorous depiction of a very ordinary event. I don’t see how it is discriminatory or harassing or even offensive. I would honestly be interested in learning how others may find this material to be offensive. . .talk to me . . .