Interesting. My first question in a job interview is "Does your office have a sexual harassment policy?"
It's never prevented me getting a position.
I've had to invoke it more than once.
So you're offended by the word "the"? Don't expect me to stop using it to make you happy.
Straw man. "The" is normal usage in all cultures. Commenting favourably or unfavourably upon one's personal attributes (eg. sexual orientation, appearance) is not.
No, in some workplaces it would be grounds for instant dismissal, outing in the surrounding community followed by death threats or actual violence.
I worked at a firm not long ago that had a manager that was sexist, homophobic and a raging alcoholic. When I checked with co-workers I determined that corporate policy was that it was cost-beneficial to keep him and lose me.
We have a equal opportunity Calculus class -- it's fully integrated.