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Lost in translation?

Rob May notices that a German court prevents WalMart from banning office romances.

Wal-Mart has lost a court appeal to try to legally ban its employees in Germany from having office romances.

The regional industrial tribunal in Dusseldorf upheld an earlier verdict by the local Wuppertal industrial tribunal that the company’s “ethics rules” were in breach of German law.

Wal-mart tried to introduce a 28-page ethical code that forbids “lustful glances and ambiguous jokes” as well as “sexually meaningful communication of any type”.

That’s pretty bizarre. Next thing WalMart will be doing a Queen Victoria and insisting that table legs get covered up.