Unfit For Polite Conversation 
Thursday, April 20, 2006, 01:00 PM
The California Supreme Court just unanimously rejected a lawsuit by a woman named Amaani Lyle, who claims her crude work environment amounted to sexual harrasement -- even though none of the remarks were directed at her. She was a writer's assistant for the writers of Friends, and was forced to put up with their dirty jokes late into the night as her job consisted of writing down everything they said. In my opinion the case was a bunch of BS from the start (she filed suit after being fired, and intially tried to babble about racial discrimination), but it raised some important issues regarding the line between free speech and sexual harassment.

As someone else put it: "Yeah, cause I know if *I* got a job typing dialogue for a show like Friends, I'd expect to be typing knock-knock jokes and b-i-i-i-g hugs."

I'm just glad nobody gets to hear what we say in the engine room. Never before have I heard such filthy, lengthy discussions as occur during a late night watch.
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