I heard a conversation near me at work where a manager told her colleague that one of the female colleagues have chinky eyes. The manager, the colleague and the female colleague are all not Asian.
I was taken aback but didn't say anything.
Was this remark offensive and prohibited language in a workplace setting?
For those who are not familiar, "Chink" is an English-language ethnic slur usually referring to a person of Chinese ethnicity.
For reference, this is in the United States.
Thanks to everyone for your answers and comments -- there's a lot to think about, but overall, I view the situation as benign rather than a malicious attack. We're also sort of a startup tech firm that comprises a close-knit work community, so I can't really afford to blow the whistle or call people out to HR (we don't have much HR structure, to be honest ...).