Memo From HR - No More 'Dumb Blonde' Remarks Please

'Staff should please be aware that The European Equal Treatment Directive has now come into force. This directive has extended the definition of gender discrimination and makes employers more responsible for ensuring that female staff are not subjected to harassment of any kind.

Male members of staff should please ensure that risque posters are immediately taken down from walls. Suggestive nudging and winking to colleagues, male or female, should cease immediately. Gentlemen who find it difficult to hold their drink are advised not to attend mixed-staff gatherings after work. And the dumb blonde gags must please stop.

Only last week, HR came across this 'joke' being e-mailed around internally:

'A blonde lady motorist was about two hours from the City when she was flagged down by a man whose truck had broken down. The man walked up to the car and asked, 'Are you going into Town ?'.

'Sure', answered the blonde, 'do you need a lift ?'.

'Not for me. I'll be spending the next 3 hours fixing my truck. My problem is that I have two chimpanzees in the back, which need to be taken to Regent's Park Zoo. They're a bit stressed, and I don't want to keep them here with me until the truck is fixed. Could you possibly take them to the zoo for me ? I'll give you £100'.

'I'd be happy to', said the blonde.

So the two chimps got into the blonde's car, and off they went. Several hours later, the truck driver was driving along the Marylebone Road, when he noticed the blonde walking down the road holding hands with the two chimps. Horrified, he demanded to know what the blonde was doing, reminding her that he had given her £100 to take the chimps to the zoo.

'Yes, I know you did', said the blonde. 'But we had money left over, so now we're off to Madam Tussauds!'.

Would staff take note that 'jokes' of this kind will no longer be tolerated'.

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