Kanye West’s anti-Semitic comments on Instagram and Twitter have prompted a swift backlash by businesses formerly associated with the rap and fashion mogul. Thus far, West has been dropped by Gap, Balenciaga, Adidas, talent agency CAA, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Vogue magazine, and others. Ye (as the rapper and entrepreneur is now known) is learning that even he cannot make inflammatory remarks with impunity, and he must face the consequences for his inappropriate behavior.
In the employment setting, of course, employers have the right and obligation to address and prevent racist, harassing, or other harmful comments and behavior by their employees. Here are three steps every employer should take when responding to employees’ racist comments: