My manager and I are having trouble deciding what to do about one of my employee’s latest complaints. This employee tends to complain about a lot of things. Her current complaint is about a generic holiday display on a big bulletin board in our cafeteria/break room. It includes a Santa and the words “HO HO HO!” Our employee says this offends her because it is slang for prostitutes. She says she is offended on religious grounds and because the phrase is demeaning toward women. Our first reaction was that she was being way too sensitive because no one would mistake Santa’s laugh for anything but a laugh. Then she showed us an article about how a Santa school in Australia has taught its Santas not to ever say “Ho Ho Ho” because it is demeaning toward women. Now it seems like her argument is not so weird – but I can’t believe we can’t say “Ho Ho Ho.” Do we need to take down the display?
– Tired of PC B.S.