‘Homophobic, xenophobic, sexist banter: I don’t know if this is normal practice on building sites’

Ask the Expert: ‘He likes the job and has talent for it but I worry for his mental health’

‘The boss regularly calls my son soft, stupid or thick, among colourful expletives.’ Photograph: iStock

‘The boss regularly calls my son soft, stupid or thick, among colourful expletives.’ Photograph: iStock

Question: My 18-year-old son started an apprenticeship this summer. He has successfully passed the eight-week trial period and has been offered the apprenticeship by his employer. My son is a diligent, hard-working boy.

However, he does not like the homophobic, xenophobic, sexist banter that happens regularly with this employer and because he doesn’t participate his boss calls him “soft” or a “snowflake”.

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