Women Denied Unemployment Benefits Over Offensive Joke

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Unemployment benefits have been denied to two women fired from their New Hampton, Iowa jobs for an offensive joke.

Christina Ott and her sister Susan Ott were fired in January from the TriMark Corp. Plant officials testified at unemployment claims hearings that other workers saw the two carrying a toy Easy Bake Oven with gingerbread men inside on December 19th. One of the workers says the two wished their colleagues happy Hanukkah and said, "We're burning the Jews."

Susan Ackerman, an administrative law judge who heard Christina Ott's case, said carrying an oven around "with little people in it while saying, 'Happy Hanukkah,' is offensive, let alone if she said the hate speech along with it."

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