Restaurant Workers’ Right to Swear Might Be Protected by Law

February 15, 2016

However, it’s usually used as an excuse to terminate workers for other (illegal) reasons.

F-bombs in restaurant kitchens aren’t just a made-for-TV spectacle à la Gordon Ramsay: In such a high-pressure environment, tempers often flare, and cooks and chefs are more often than not prone to foul mouths. But as the New York Times examines, for some restaurant employees swearing can come back to haunt them, even occasionally being considered a fireable offense — legally or illegally.

A law professor named Christine Neylon O’Brien tackled the issue of workplace profanity in a paper that’s slated to be published in the next issue of the St.…