From a termination letter written to an employee of Brookstone, Inc.:
Peter, Brookstone is an equal opportunity employer, meaning that we maintain a healthy, safe and productive work environment free from discrimination or harassment based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, or other factors that are unrelated to the Company’s legitimate business interests. This provides us with a workforce of varying cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
Discrimination can be defined as treating an individual differently based on factors such as those listed above. Harassment is the verbal, phyical or visual conduct or communication degrading to either gender, or to racial, ethnic or religious groups or behavior that is personally offensive to the recipient, impairs morale or interferes with the work effectiveness of Associates.
The comments you made to Ms. —- were inappropriate and unprofessional. While you are entitled to your own beliefs, imposing them upon others in the workplace is not acceptable and in this case, by telling a colleague that she is deviant and immoral, constitutes discrimination and harassment.
(The recipient of this letter strongly denies using the word “deviant,” but does own up to saying that homosexual behavior is immoral.)
Now for all you logicians out there, do you see the glaring internal contradiction in the letter quoted here?
Hat Tip: Touchstone Mere Comments