(Closed) Work appropriate?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1001 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yes, I find that pretty inappropriate for work.  I’m a pushover and I’d just delete it, though.

I had to tell my boss “no more politics in the workplace” because his extreme conservative views were off-putting to me.  I think he’s out of touch with reality.  He thinks if a woman is considering an abortion she should carry the baby, give it up for adoption, have her tubes tied afterwards.  Uh, okay.  That’s a really great solution there, Boss.  Because that wouldn’t cost tens of thousands of dollars or anything, and maybe she would want to have a baby later in life but just isn’t ready now.  It made me angry so I told him we had to keep politics out of our discussion.

Post # 4
423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Wow, that would make me super uncomfortable!  Luckily for me I’ve never had to deal with something like this, so I can’t offer any specific advice/commiseration, but that is not work appropriate IMO unless you work for a company that is affiliated with a specific religion/church/what-have-you.

Good luck dealing with this sensitive issue! 

ETA: jeez Chillmer, I think I would have lost it hearing some garbage like that! Good on you for keeping your cool.

Post # 5
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

That would make me extremely uncomfortable… and I’m Christian!  Since your company isn’t small do you have an HR department you can go to?  I’m pretty sure this is actually against the law not just inappropriate.

Post # 7
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m a Christian, and it would make me uncomfortable. To me, my faith is a very personal matter, and I only discuss it with those who I feel close to.  I would not want to get into theological discussions with my boss.  For me, more often than not, those cutesy email forwards just make light of something that I see as very important and serious in my life, and that’s what I find offensive. 

It is not appropriate for a professional setting.  Is this person the biggest boss, or does he/she have a higher up?  Or is there a HR department you can talk to?  It might be best to find someone who can try to gently dissuade your boss from sending them.  You don’t want to go in and say “hey you aren’t allowed to send these” because that often only makes the type of people who send them even more apt to continue (because they would consider that “persecution”. Yeah.  I wonder what the people in the world who are actually persecuted for their religion would think about that.)  But if someone can talk to him/her and try to gently convince them that this probably isn’t the best way to represent his/her faith to the employees, that might work better.

Post # 8
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Does your company have an anonymous “ethics line” or anon line to HR? Our company has an anon number and e mail where you can e mail/call in ethical complaints/concerns you see in the workplace, if you don’t want to go to your general HR contact.

If your company is large, maybe they have an option like that?

By The Way, that e-mail you received is totally inappropriate for a work-place.

Post # 9
1213 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Wow, that is totally inappropriate. I’d contact HR.

Post # 11
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Wow that makes me so uncomfortable.  It is not her place to send things like that if you are or aren’t a Christian.  I would talk to her superior.  That could probably be considered religious persecution.

Post # 12
2859 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

Yeah, that’s totally inappropriate. I would complain to HR as well.

Post # 13
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Does she send any other forwards that aren’t religious in nature.  It might get better results if you complain about “email forwards” in general and non-work related emails, rather than religious emails (even though those are the problem).

Post # 14
677 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t find this appropriate at all and I would certainly talk to HR about it.

Post # 15
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Have you tried talking to your boss that it makes you uncomfortable, or do you think that would endanger your job or create an awkward environment? I think they’re very inappropriate, but having been on the other end of a situation, I have come to dislike it when someone goes to the next higher up without confronting the problem first. Your boss may be clueless that these inappropriate emails are bothering anyone; some people really just are that naive as to what is acceptable or not. Good luck!

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