Accused of Racial Slur–Didn’t Mean It That Way

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about use of the N word: I was telling them about how on a vacation a friend and I heard a song in the dance club and we both thought for sure the name of the song was “Dance (insert N-word) Dance” – only I didn’t say “N-word” I actually said THE word.

I have had a spotless work record for 30 years and have been accused of using a racial slur. During a company sponsored winer/brewery tour where beer and wine was also available on the bus, I was telling a story to two African American co-workers. I was telling them about how on a vacation a friend and I heard a song in the dance club and we both thought for sure the name of the song was “Dance (insert N-word) Dance” – only I didn’t say “N-word” I actually said THE word.

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