HR Strange But True!
September 23, 2009

How far can an employee go in insulting his boss without it being grounds for dismissal? In Spain, pretty far. A court in Spain has found that an employer was wrong to fire an employee for calling his boss “a son of a b----“ (or, in Spanish, “hijo de p---”).

The employee unleashed the insult during an argument with his boss over paying expenses, reports.

The court said such insults are so common that the employer went too far in firing the employee.

“The social degradation of language has caused the expressions used by the plaintiff to become commonly used in certain settings, especially in arguments," the court said.

The court said the employer must either reinstate the employee or pay him more than $9,000.


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