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Shortly after the BBC lost its tribunal claim for age discrimination against presenter Miriam O'Reilly, another media channel, Sky Sports, is finding itself having to apologise over sexist remarks made by two of its presenters.
Presenter Andy Gray has been sacked from the channel after he made inappropriate off-air comments about a female colleague and his co-presenter, Richard Keys, resigned. Mr Gray is reported as stating that he intends to pursue his employer for damages for unfair dismissal and breach of contract.
The situation highlights the often, grey area between harmless work-place banter and offensive comments and the need for employees and employers to understand the criteria for determining what is acceptable.
Employers should ensure that they have adequate policies and procedures in place so that employees are made aware that discriminatory comments and actions are unacceptable in the workplace.