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Sunday, December 26, 2004

First, we kill all the HR professionals. 
Well, I wouldn't go that far. Yet. But here's the latest piece of stupidity from California:

Headline: 'Master' and 'slave' computer labels unacceptable, officials say

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Los Angeles officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms "master" and "slave" on computer equipment, saying such terms are unacceptable and offensive.

The request -- which has some suppliers furious and others busy re-labeling components -- came after an unidentified worker spotted a videotape machine carrying devices labeled "master" and "slave" and filed a discrimination complaint with the county's Office of Affirmative Action Compliance.


The very idea that any public official would waste their time and effort actually dealing with such a stupid complaint is repugnant. But actually, HR professionals think about this crap all the time, and have created a cottage industry in fighting phantom fears of liability lawsuits.

What's more, check out the pathetic attempt to add "perspective" to the article:

In June, the Los Angeles city council unanimously passed a law requiring that any companies doing business with the city disclose profits they may have made from slavery in the 19th Century. In 2000, the council supported federal legislation seeking reparations for descendants of slaves.


As if that were even relevant!

Of all the HR issues this story raises, the reparation idea is about the furthest afield. The only thing the two ideas have in common is that they both involve the word 'slave.'

Makes you just want to go to City Hall and slap somebody.

Splash, out

Jason



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