Sexual Orientation discrimination
I am located in southern California and am a manager for a retail chain. It was brought to my attention that one employee (employee A) asked another employee (employee what her religious beliefs are. B said she didn't want to discuss it. A then proceeded to ask if another employ (employee C) was gay. A then said that all gays and lesbians go to hell.
I called my HR person to ask how to handle the situation. I'm to interview A, give them a final warning, reinforce our no tolerance of discrimination. Ok, great....but then my HR person asked if C exhibited any innaproriate behavior, like calling people "GirlFriend" as a greeting or complimenting people on their outfits. I was confused as I felt this was targeting C's personality and mannerisms. I was instructed to tell C they could no longer do this. I feel like I'm being asked to do something that's potentially discriminatory. Should I be worried? I refuse to mention specific behaviors and instead focus on business etiquette and professionalism.