I recently heard that a co-worker was called to HR for saying the "N word" in front of an african american worker. They were both on their lunch hour in a group setting outside the office, but the african american worker obviously was very upset by this and reported the person to HR. Can HR give someone a "strike" (we have the three strike system at work) for a comment "off the clock" that took place out of the office? Just wondering.
I have actually wondered about this for awhile because I used to have a friend who told me totally salicious stories about her sex life when we went out to lunch. Though I found her stories totally hilarious, one day I looked behind me and saw the big guns from work walking behind us frowning and thought - are we in trouble?! Of course, that was all in good fun, unlike the racist troll I work with. But just wondering.
Of course, the golden rule now (that I'm older) - keep your mouth shut if you're anywhere near work!