Tennessee business catches flak for accent removal class

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (CNN) - A Tennessee business has shut down a class aimed at reducing its employees' southern accents.

Late last Monday, the Human Resources Department at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee offered an optional class aimed at eliminating employees' southern drawls.

According to media sources, the training would have begun August 13th.

However, a number of complaints from employees made HR shut down the class within 24 hours of its announcement.

A spokesman for the Oak Ridge Lab says the class wasn't meant to be offensive in any way to southern accent speakers.

The lab employs more than 4,000 people from 90 different countries.

Accent reduction classes aren't anything new for the company, but targeting the southern accent is.

Training was scheduled to go on for 6 weeks.

Lab officials say they're now working with an outside company to offer the class to potential participants.

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