A federal Trademark board has ruled that the NFL team name “Redskins” disparages Native Americans and is, thus, not eligible for trademark protection. Although the ruling is subject to appeal, it demonstrates that there is growing sensitivity regarding disparaging terms, no matter how they are used. The Redskins have argued that the team name is not meant to disparage Native Americans, but, instead, honors their history. However, obviously, a significant group of Native Americans, and non-Native Americans, believe the term is disparaging, no matter the present intent of the team. If you have been subjected to disparaging or discriminatory conduct at work, please contact your Tampa Employment Lawyer Darren D. McClain.
This post was written by Darren McClain