It is very difficult to control everything employees say in the workplace, and to stamp out every inappropriate comment, particularly in a large workforce. The reality is that out of place remarks happen all the time in the workplace, and every single improper comment cannot lead to legal liability for employers, or commerce would come to a complete stop. Courts have recognized this reality and developed the “stray remarks” doctrine, which places appropriate focus on those inappropriate remarks that are made as part of an adverse employment action. California recently declined to follow this doctrine, at least in the way other courts have.
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