Company rejects class aimed at reducing employees’ southern accents
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Ever consider getting rid of your southern accent?
A Tennessee business’ Human Resource department was going to offer an optional class aimed at reducing and eliminating employees’ southern drawls.
But it was shut down after several complaints from employees at Oak Ridge National Laboratory within 24 hours of its announcement.
A spokesman for the Oak Ridge Lab says the class wasn’t meant to be offensive in any way to southern accent speakers.
The lab employs more than 4,000 people from 90 different countries.
Accent reduction classes aren’t anything new for the company, but targeting the southern accent is.
Training was scheduled to go on for 6 weeks.
Lab officials say they’re now working with an outside company to offer the class to potential participants.