The jokes flowed thick and fast during the session on humour in harassment. Some were harmless, while others went "well beyond a joke" said Stuart Ainsworth, co-director at Strathclyde University's equality and discrimination centre.
Being able to take a joke is seen as contributing to a healthy work environment. "But surveys show that joking and witty remarks are among the commonest forms of harassment," he said.
He argued that humour can be central to the most extreme cases of harassment which can lead to loss of employment and even mental breakdown. "Even when the joke is unpleasant or undermining it is still seen as "just a joke".