December 29th, 2010
01:41 PM ET
If you think your co-workers are a handful, take a good look at the characters on your favorite shows. A recent study conducted by Global Compliance found that most people on TV are hardly politically correct, constantly violating ethics in the workplace.
The biggest offender? "30 Rock," which averages 11 violations per episode. On one show, Jack (Alec Baldwin) comments that a "chick lawyer" who handles sexual harassment presentations is "asking for it." According to Global Compliance, which is devoted to helping organizations achieve the highest degree of ethical behavior, Jack's remark violates Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Respect in the Workplace.
"Grey's Anatomy" placed second, with 7 violations per episode, including an incident in which Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) shares patient info with someone not authorized to receive it. Her crime: Policy and Process Integrity, a HIPAA violation.
On "CSI," Gilbert Gottfried tells the chief he needs foreplay before doing a task and she tells him she'll give him a rectal exam. "House" featured a similar scenario, with Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) objecting to a colonoscopy by asking House (Hugh Laurie), "How would you like to have a 6-foot hose shoved into your small intestine?" He then makes a quip about the basketball players she dated in college.
Both "The Office" and "NCIS" racked up 5 violations each. On "The Office," Packer (David Koechner) calls Michael (Steve Carell) a "queen" while others are in the room (Diversity, Equal Opportunity and Respect in the Workplace), while "NCIS" features Ducky (David McCallum) and Gibbs (Mark Harmon) sharing a drink in the morgue and commenting that women aren't equal to men (Environmental, Health and Safety; Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Respect in the Workplace).
"White Collar" had 4 violations per episode, including an FBI stakeout in which the surveillance video focuses in on a woman and a character makes a comment about her as the criminal gets away (Environmental, Health, and Safety; Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Respect in the Workplace).
"Ugly Betty" and "Glee" each had 2 violations per episode. On "Betty," Wilhelmina (Vanessa Williams) forces a receptionist to reveal personal info about Claire Meade (Judith Light), then uses it to influence business decisions (Misuse or Misappropriation of Information or Assets).
And on "Glee," a principal violates Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Respect in the Workplace by referring to wheelchair-bound Artie as a "cripple" in front of the glee club teacher.
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