Some of the judges deciding a woman’s harassment claim against her employer for allowing lewd sex talk in the office resorted to code in Tuesday’s oral argument, debating with lawyers whether “the b-word,” “the c-word” and “the f-word” could amount to discrimination. But other judges did not mind being more explicit, and the full court argument at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was hardly dull.

At issue was whether the law allowed the woman, who was a transportation sales representative in Alabama, to bring her case even if the objectionable language wasn’t necessarily directed at her but was about women in general.

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