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Sep. 7th, 2010

10:06 pm

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 So help me, I've just accepted a purchase order from a US customer with the following term:

"Prohibition of Segregated Facilities (Feb 1999)

(a) "Segregated facilities," as used in this clause, means any waiting rooms, work areas, rest rooms and wash rooms, restaurants and other eating areas, time clocks, locker rooms and other storage or dressing areas, parking lots, drinking fountains, recreation or entertainment areas, transportation, and housing facilities provided for employees, that are segregated by explicit directive or are in fact segregated on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin because of written or oral policies or employee custom. The term does not include separate or single-user rest rooms or necessary dressing or sleeping areas provided to assure privacy between the sexes.
(b) The Contractor agrees that it does not and will not maintain or provide for its employees any segregated facilities at any of its establishments, and that it does not and will not permit its employees to perform their services at any location under its control where segregated facilities are maintained. The Contractor agrees that a breach of this clause is a violation of the Equal Opportunity clause in this contract.
(c) The Contractor shall include this clause in every subcontract and purchase order that is subject to the Equal Opportunity clause of this contract. "
Now I have to flow this down to all of my subcontractors.  In 2010.  In Canada.  Words fail me.

I'm sure my machine shop, staffed by people who have lived hard lives in difficult parts of the world, will be reassured by my concern about their drinking fountains.

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From:terheyt
Date:September 8th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)

Just this morning, in fact...

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I came across this story:

http://theweaselking.livejournal.com/3762479.html?style=mine

This purchase order came from the US, where they are STILL working on this being self-evident thing of people being equals.
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From:delta_november
Date:September 8th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)

Re: Just this morning, in fact...

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Did you ever go to The House of Speculative Fiction? It was in Ottawa, around 3rd Avenue, a little east of Bank street. They segregated books by the gender of author. One side of the store written by women, another side of the store written by men.

They've been defunct for at least 10 years. Sad, for they were a good store for all their foibles.
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From:terheyt
Date:September 8th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Just this morning, in fact...

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It's closer to twenty years defunct, but yes, I did. It was just a few blocks away from my house growing up, and I would make weekly trips every Saturday to them, and a few other stores, to spend my allowance.

I got introduced to both Azimov and Clarke in that store, with I, Robot and Nine Billion Names Of God being mysteriously added to my bags of Star Trek books. I missed it terribly when they closed.
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From:olletho
Date:September 8th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)

*giggles*

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*snort* I'm terribly sorry sir, but I believe your current drinking fountain situation is I believe segregated between the groups 'real' and 'imaginary'.

*ahem* sorry, I'll stop being irrational now....
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From:niqdanger
Date:September 10th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
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What about the tall and short fountains, is that considered segregation of the tall and short people? Oh wait, those terms are probably derogatory. We don't have those water fountains but we do have the higher and lower mounted urinals. That's probably insulting to someone.
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