This is ridiculous. Obviously, the master/slave naming convention is quite popular in the computer industry, so I thought you guys might appreciate this.
Excerpted from here. Eugene also has some commentary and a further discussion on some of the legal reasoning behind this.
From: Los Angeles County [mailto:email@example.com]
Subject: IDENTIFICATION OF EQUIPMENT SOLD TO LA COUNTY
The County of Los Angeles actively promotes and is committed to ensure a work environment that is free from any discriminatory influence be it actual or perceived. As such, it is the County's expectation that our manufacturers, suppliers and contractors make a concentrated effort to ensure that any equipment, supplies or services that are provided to County departments do not possess or portray an image that may be construed as offensive or defamatory in nature.
One such recent example included the manufacturer's labeling of equipment where the words ''Master/Slave'' appeared to identify the primary and secondary sources. Based on the cultural diversity and sensitivity of Los Angeles County, this is not an acceptable identification label.
We would request that each manufacturer, supplier and contractor review, identify and remove/change any identification or labeling of equipment or components thereof that could be interpreted as discriminatory or offensive in nature before such equipment is sold or otherwise provided to any County department.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance.
[name omitted by Volokh], Division Manager
Purchasing and Contract Services
Internal Services Department
County of Los Angeles
Emphasis was added by Eugene.