The Constitution guarantees Americans freedom of speech, religion and association ... but there's no guarantee that your employer won't fire you for exercising some of these entirely legal rights. That's what Best Buy employee Brian Maupin discovered, after he was fired for posting a YouTube video making fun of Apple fans' slavish devotion to the iPhone. Employees of businesses around the country get fired every day for lesser (and in some cases, unusual) offenses. We asked Takeaway listeners for what counted as firing offenses in their workplace, and got a wide range of responses.
We'll also talk with Lewis Maltby, President of the National Workrights Institute and author of “Can They Do That? Rethinking our Fundamental Rights in the Work Place” to discuss the line between firable offenses and harmless mishaps.