HIGHTOWER: Vulgarity Boosts Worker Morale?

Time again to hand-out another of Hightower Radio's highly-coveted [Beanie Cap Breakdown] "Gooberhead Awards," which I give periodically to those public figures who've got their tongues running 100 miles an hour, but don't seem to have their minds in gear.Today's Goober is an administrative law judge in Superior, Wisconsin: Charles Schaefer. Judge Schaefer recently handled the case of June Lauer, a lady who worked at a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise, until she got fed up with the vile language and sexual harassment of her manager there.This manager apparently was a real fathead, not only mouthing-off to women subordinates about oral sex and one's private parts, but also suggesting that the women should get tattoos of Colonel Sanders on their breasts. Cute guy, huh? But he's not even the Gooberhead!That honor falls on the judge. After June Lauer was driven out of work by this verbal harassment, she filed for her unemployment benefits, which Kentucky Fried Chicken protested. The case came to Judge Schaefer, who last month ruled against Ms. Lauer.His reasoning? He said the manager might have been using sex talk with the women to -- are you ready? -- boost morale! He wrote, and I quote: "Use of vulgar and obscene language can serve to promote group solidarity." Can you believe this guy? He said that while the manager's language was unprofessional, it was "essentially locker-room talk" that was intended [quote] "to achieve a legitimate business goal." Hey -- I'll bet Marv Albert wishes he'd gotten this judge!Asked about his perverted ruling by an AP reporter, Schaefer still didn't have a clue: "Isn't that true?" he asked the reporter. "Haven't you seen that kind of locker-room talk bolster morale?"This is Jim Hightower saying ... No, judge, I haven't ... you Gooberhead! Excuse me ... I've got to go take a shower now.Source:"Judge: Lewd talk on job can build workers' morale." AP story Austin American-Statesman: September 26, 1997.

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