Things NOT to Say


Things NOT to Say to a Veteran Coworker

9 Things NOT to Say to Veterans

"Have you ever killed anyone?" Find out the most inappropriate questions to ask former military service members in your workplace.

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Trump’s Record of Hate to Date

Click here for an up-to-date round-up of Donald Trump's hateful rhetoric and insults toward individuals, groups, ethnicities, religions and others during his presidential campaign.

5 Things Not to Say to Transgender People

Here are some words to avoid and some ways to support and be inclusive of transgender colleagues in the workplace.

‘Are You the Husband or the Wife?’ 6 Things NOT to Say to LGBT People

Despite growing acceptance of LGBT employees, offensive comments and stereotypes still persist in the workplace. Our experts reveal the phrases you should avoid.

Things NOT to Say to Women at Work

9 Things NOT to Say to Women Coworkers

Before you make that “harmless” little comment to the woman in the next office, take a look at things women leaders tell us are absolute no-no’s in the workplace.

Things NOT to Say to American Indians

A list of things NOT to say to American Indians, both in and out of the workplace.

December Dilemma Holidays at Work

Six Simple Steps to Avoid the December Dilemma

Don't be afraid to say "Merry Christmas," just know when the situation is right. Here are six tips.

Things NOT to Say to Latinos

At the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we offer this cultural-competence lesson in helping Latinos feel welcome and valued at work by avoiding common missteps. A simple lack of understanding can easily be misconstrued and damage office relationships.

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‘Why Don’t You Wear Your Hair Natural?’ and Other Things NOT to Say to Blacks

Find out the most inappropriate things to say to and do around Blacks, and the reasons these words and actions are offensive.

Things NOT to Say to American Indian Coworkers

Just introduced to an American Indian colleague? Take a look at the things you should avoid saying if you don't want to offend your coworker.

SLIDESHOW: Things NOT to Say to LGBT Coworkers

What are some things that you should NEVER say to an LGBT colleague?

SLIDESHOW: 7 Things NEVER to Say to People With Disabilities

What are some things you should NEVER say to people with disabilities?

7 Things NOT to Say to Asian-Americans

7 Things NOT to Say to Asian-Americans

These phrases should be kept off-limits when speaking to Asians.

How to Promote Inclusion: Things Not To Say

Diversity Leaders: 6 Things NEVER to Say About Disabilities

How can you adopt a vocabulary that's inclusive and respectful of everyone? This Ernst & Young exec, an advocate for people with disabilities, shares her insights.

‘You Must Have Voted for Obama’: 5 Things NEVER to Say to Blacks

‘You Must Have Voted for Obama’: 5 Things NEVER to Say to Blacks

Black execs from Kraft and Wells Fargo tell you how to turn these offensive encounters into opportunities for cultural-competence education.

Things NOT to Say to People With Disabilities

‘How Do You Go to the Bathroom?’ ‘Can You Still Have Children?’: Things NOT to Say to People With Disabilities

How do you avoid stereotypes and cultural incompetence when dealing with people with disabilities? Get some lessons from executives with disabilities and hear their horror stories.

What You Shouldn't Say About Diversity to Your CEO

What Not to Say to Your CEO About Diversity

Want your CEO to become your diversity champion? Here are the pitfalls you need to avoid.

Things Not to Say to LGBT Employees

7 Things NEVER to Say to LGBT Coworkers

Do you have a coworker who just recently came out of the closet? Here's what leading experts from PwC and GLSEN suggest you SHOULDN'T say.

7 Things NEVER to Say to Asian-American Executives

Pretty sure you'd never make a stereotypical comment to an Asian American in your office? Read what seven things these Asian-American executives hope you never say.

‘But You Look So Good!’ and 7 Other Things NOT to Say to a Person With a Non-Visible Disability

If you have a friend, relative or coworker with an illness or disability that isn't obvious, you may think you're doing the right thing by saying he or she "looks so good." You can't even tell the person has a disability, and that's a good thing, right? Wrong.

5 Things NEVER to Say to Muslim Coworkers

"I didn't know you were Arab." Find out what other culturally insensitive comments people make to colleagues of the Islamic faith.

Things NEVER to Say to Muslim Coworkers Has DiversityInc Readers Divided

Our article"5 Things NEVER to Say to Muslim Coworkers" has readers talking--about religion in the workplace, customs, attitudes and accommodations. Read a sample of these comments here.

10 Things NEVER to Say to a Black Coworker

Looking to make small talk in the office? Tread carefully. Here are 10 things you should never say to a Black coworker.

Readers Sound Off on 10 Things NEVER to Say to a Black Coworker

Readers can't stop e-mailing us about "10 Things NEVER to say to a Black Coworker." What's getting them so riled up? Here's what one reader has to tell you.