'Son of a whore' insult is no longer sacking offence

18th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Changing trends in the Spanish language means “son of a whore” is no longer seen as the ultimate insult and cannot be used as a reason to fire employees, rules court.

Madrid – Calling your boss "son of a whore" -- once the ultimate insult in Spain -- is no longer a sacking offence because the term is so common, El Mundo newspaper said Wednesday citing an employment tribunal.

The newspaper said the Catalan employment tribunal ordered that an employee who was dismissed for insulting his manager should not only get his job back but also receive EUR 6,500 in compensation.

The panel also criticised the company for failing to take into account the charged workplace atmosphere and the changing trend in language. The phrase -- traditionally regarded as the ultimate insult in Spanish -- was now "common usage in conversations".

The paper did not name the company nor the employee in the case which triggered heated discussion on websites in the wake of the decision.
 
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