We are appalled by a Tweet that was sent by WWL’s official Twitter account calling one of their own employees a derogatory epithet. This deplorable act highlights the hostility that frequently confronts LGBTQ employees in the workplace, and it also reveals what can happen when that hostility has been tolerated and/or ignored by management. This situation proves that WWL (and likely many employers with a social media presence) needs to reconsider who has access to corporate social media accounts. Fortunately, WWL has recognized that this was unacceptable and says that it will investigate and take corrective action. It is our sincere hope that they will make good on such promises.
Forum for Equality offers its assistance to WWL in conducting diversity training for all of its employees, which apparently is desperately needed. While diversity training may not change the hearts and minds of its employees, it is essential in changing toxic work environments that give way to incidents such as this one. Companies and their management teams must make it clear that bigotry in the workplace will not be tolerated.
In fact, Forum for Equality has a business initiative, Louisiana Equality Mean Business, which is designed to have businesses commit themselves to being a quality work environment that is free from discrimination. In addition to recognizing companies which pride themselves on being inclusive, FFE also conducts diversity training for businesses and groups of all sizes. These programs are just a few of the many ways in which Forum for Equality continues to work toward making the Pelican State a welcoming home for all Louisianans. For more information, please visit www.forumforequality.org and www.laemb.org.