TheVP Posted October 11, 2011 Share Posted October 11, 2011 Last month I was in our Boston Office meeting with fellow staff. Present at this meeting was a woman in her later fifties that is hired on contract as an adviser. During this meeting, my colleagues and myself were having a conversational discussion about our personal assistants and the challenges involved with finding a good one. I mentioned that two years ago, there was a girl that I hired that was wonderful at her job and how she made my life so easy, and I've been annoyed that I haven't been able to find anyone nearly as good since she got married and left our company. Anyhow, just yesterday (almost a month later), I've received a long scathing email from this woman (CCing everyone else who was present in the meeting). This email was saying that it is very sexist and derogatory to call a woman in the workforce "girl" and asking how I would like to be called "boy". I never meant offense, and referring to any woman that is younger that me as "girl" seems normal to me. In fact, I'm pretty sure I hear female workers calling other ones "girl". I've been ignorant about proper etiquette before, so I'm not afraid to admit I might be in the wrong, but I'm curious to hear your opinions. Link to comment
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