Sooner or later, if you haven't already, at least one of you will be confronted with the specific problem of how to deal with complaints by an underling with regard to his/her co-workers having sex at the office. This recent JPMorgan lawsuit involves employees of a branch in Queens, but nevertheless, a lesson can be extrapolated for all to learn from, and apply at your respective firms. If, for example, you've created a reputation for yourself as someone who is prejudiced towards certain groups, your reaction should seek to avoid highlighting your particular bias when addressing the matter of work-place fornication, otherwise it'll likely be thrown in your face at a later date.
A Trinidadian banker who worked for a Guyanese boss is suing JPMorgan Chase, saying she was fired because of ethnic tensions. Shivana Persad, 26, says she was treated like a second-class citizen at Chase Manhattan's South Richmond Hill, Queens, branch. She alleges the branch manager called Trinidadians "lazy" and "nickel-and-dime workers" and made her work on the Hindu holiday Diwali. Guyanese co-workers got prized schedules while Persad worked six-day weeks to combat her boss' prejudices, she charges. Persad says she was insulted after she complained to a Guyanese manager after witnessing two co-workers having sex near a copy machine in March 2009.
"You Trinis need to mind your own business," she was told, according to court papers.