It was a public conference, the woman was sitting in front of them. If it was a private conversation, maybe they should've tried being quieter and not letting themselves be easily overheard? If they're going to be crass or whatever, it stands to reason that people aren't always going to want to sit through that. That's not what folks are paying to listen to. See what's interesting here is it's never "we should advocate for better worker protections" or "the company that fired them is at fault". It's always either a) "someone is overreacting" or "what they said wasn't bad". Which sorry folks, is nothing but your opinion. It doesn't mean anything beyond that. You thinking it isn't offensive means no more or less than someone thinking it is offensive. What matters is the person's ability to be fired, presumably for the same incident. Of course we're not privy to why they were actually fired other than for behaviour that didn't line up with the company's stated behaviour. We don't know what previous incidents there may or may not have been. The same goes for the woman who was fired (of note, neither you or Akka were complaining about that).