Hmm. What is this about?

A bro hug … sexist?  How?  Why?


In my new Above The Law post, I examine a question posed by a female reader of The New York Times “workologist” who wrote this past week that at her blue-collar job “[n]o one ever touches me, and it’s not that I want anyone to. That would be weird.”

The “workologist” was told of her concern of “almost feel[ing] left out” when the males at job “constantly hug and grab and bump each other in a friendly way.” She asked: “Should I let this ‘bro contact’ bother me?”

So she felt excluded from the hugging?

Should she?

Channeling Justice Scalia, not every workplace slight or incivility – or exclusion – is actionable, unless it involves things like gender, race, religion, age, etc.

Is a bro hug exclusionary?  After examining the famous “Dialogues,” I ultimately had to seek out the Oracle of FisherBroyles to get a good answer.

Read the entire Above The Law post.