What's worse than being fired for being a bigot? Being fired for being a bigot ... on television. What's worse than that? Not finding out about it for a couple of weeks.
Early in her career, Julie Chen had plastic surgery to make her eyes look "less Asian." She didn't come to that decision in a vacuum: a boss at a local station in Ohio told her, "You will never be on this anchor desk because you're Chinese."
Pax Dickinson, the former CTO of Business Insider, was invited to resign yesterday after Valleywag published a compendium of his racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, transphobic tweets. (Warning: Everything we link to in this post contains screenshots of Dickinson's Twitter feed, and is therefore a runner-up for the worst stuff you will ever see on the internet.)
The aftermath of the Paula Deen firing has brought up many issues for employees, not the least of which is what the heck we're supposed to do when the boss exhibits inappropriate behavior. In a long career, most of us will run into something that sets off our radar, whether it's racism, sexism, or homophobia. It's bad enough when it's a coworker, but when it's your boss, you'll have to approach the situation with special care. Here's what to do.