Agency: Don't say these words

May 2, 2009 7:08:29 AM PDT
Delaware's Transportation Secretary has apologized after a department newsletter on diversity offended minority employees by spelling out many of the slurs that it advised workers not to use. [SIGN UP: Get bizarre news sent to you]

Carolann Wicks said the Diversity Spotlight newsletter tried to directly address workplace issues by letting employees know what's not acceptable.

The newsletter published a racial epithet often directed at blacks and derogatory terms for homosexuals and Asians, advising people not to use the words. And it specified offensive phrases not to use with lesbian, gay and transgender co-workers, as well as Asian, Hispanic and older employees.

Delaware NAACP President Charles Brittingham says the newsletter went too far but is moving in the right direction.

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