I recently started a new job, I won't mention the name of the employer due to their social media policy where I can't say ANYTHING that puts them in a negative light. With that being said, I placed this topic in PRSI because it DOES involve some discrimination. Not against homosexuals, but against heterosexuals. yes, you read it right. I knew it would get political so I put it here. Until a 2 weeks ago, we had a personnel manager that was doing some foul things and deliberately going against policy for some, but not others. This manager was in fact a homosexual. That SHOULDN'T matter, but apparently it did to her. Check the examples Example #1 - there's a NO POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS ITEM policy pertaining to our work attire. The company doesn't want to turn off a customer due to a political belief so the policy is there. It gets sketchy because one employee wore a "Same Sex Marriage NOW! VOTE!" button and no one batted an eye. Another employee wears a "Marriage = man+woman!" button and gets written up, told to take off the button and never wear it back at work due to it being political attire sand violating the policy. They reinforced on his paperwork (he showed everyone) where it says "NO POLITICAL ITEMS ALLOWED ON ATTIRE" yet the gay guy continued to wear his button for his political cause and says no one ever spoke to him about it. -------- Example #2. Our music policy is no profanity, no sexually explicit lyrics, and no offensive music. Also it must be played either in the back where customers cannot hear OR after ALL customers are out of the store. After the store was closed, while everyone is conditioning the shelves, A group of gay employees played a song called "what what in the butt" (if you watch south park, you know the song - butters sang it lol). Very offensive and it was in fact reported, but the people reporting it were told that "we have to be tolerant of others and the way they live their lives. We have to accept those that are different from us, and believe different things, period!" and no disciplinary action was taken. The next day, we were all in the back room listening to music while we unloaded a couple trucks. A Jamaican employee had a dancehall mix CD playing and we were all jammin' to it. It was a hot mix. Then the song "boom bye bye" by dancehall Legend Buju Banton came on. some knew the words to it, others were hypnotized by the riddim. It's a great riddim but the guy playing it was called into the office and FIRED just before he went to lunch and 4 other associates were written up for LISTENING TO IT! We found out that a gay person came to the back, heard the song, and ran to tell personnel so now one guy lost his job and others are written up and in danger of losing theirs because of a song someone else put on. Luckily I didn't get written up. They told them it violated the music policy. ------- Example 3: the name tag policy CLEARLY states that your LEGAL FIRST NAME must be the name on the front of your name tag, no exceptions EXCEPT for length and it accepts up to 14 characters. There's a transexual (and he is FAR FROM PASSABLE) named Larry (that's what it says on the BACK of his name tag and his license fell once and you can see Larry is STILL his legal name) but he has "Laquasha" on his name tag. Ok, so the other new hire felt like "ok cool, they don't enforce that policy!" Well as she was hired with me, her name is Edonna, but she just wanted "Donna" on the name tag, they REFUSED. Said it's against company policy. It has t o be her REAL first name. ----- Now we have a NEW manager who's also homosexual, but it doesn't matter, they just want to do right by everyone gay or straight. As it should be. I'm going to tell WHAT HAPPENED when the new manager got there, but I just want some input on how you think it should be handled. When I get a few replies, I'll go ahead and break down what actually DID happen. This should be interesting... Oh and PLEASE let's not bash either straights or gays, people have enough crap to deal with in real life and no need to add more. ***update*** Well as I promised, I'd break down what happened. Due to a (very quick) investigation from corporate office started from the guy who played boom bye bye, we have a new manager, and the new manager while she's also a lesbian, held a meeting before the store opened and said that she's aware of the reports and unequal application of policy. She said she'd be dealing with things and not to feel uncomfortable coming to her about an injustice. 1. On the issue of the buttons, it got out that she'd removed the write-up from the record of the person that had the marriage = man +woman button on and he said that she told him "Don't wear anything political. IF I catch you with this on again, I won't write you up, I'll terminate you. You've had your warning, keep politics out of the workplace!" and she'd told the guy with the ssm button not to wear it anymore and showed him the policy. She didn't write him up he says, she just informed him. 2. The guy who played the anti-gay dancehall classic got his job back, BUT he was written up - as this was his first time getting in trouble AND he was relocated. He came by, spoke to us, told us what happened, said he was written up for it (as he should be - screen your CD's before you play them!!!!) and not only that, he's being paid for the time he was off. The guys who were wrote up just for listening have had it removed from their record (as they should) since they can't control what another employee plays. I'm just glad I wasn't in the back during most of the song, me being temp, I'd more than likely have been FIRED had I been back there... The gay guy that played the other song (who openly admit it btw) for the others, he was told that if she ever hears about him playing that song or anything sexually explicit at work again, he'll be in the unemployment office. 3. Laquasha's name tag has been changed to Larry as per policy and (of course he's loudly protesting it so everyone knows he's angry) he was told that "once you've gotten your LEGAL name changed, I'll be more than happy to change it on your name tag" I guess he feels that then policy shouldn't apply to him, but if you're serious and you really want to become as woman-like as possible, you're already dressing and acting like a woman, why not get your name changed? Edonna's still remained.