Surprisingly Sackable Offenses

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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.

Guests:

Lewis Maltby and Brian Maupin

Comments [3]

Jaimi Putzke from winter springs fl

I understand if James were fired for showing too much underwear, if Chili's had a strict dress code. One could actually work effectively while showing too much of this or that. One cannot, however, work effectively with his pants around his ankles...come on, Chili's...give me a break!!! This was clearly a witch hunt!!!

Nov. 16 2010 11:44 AM
Lochrane from Orlando, FL

So, you are telling me that if i happened to have my period and getting a tampon violated security protocol, than I firing would be just.

Ok, thats bullcrap! Women's rights advocates would be all over it! As a matter of fact James could argue discrimination based on his weight and weight loss being an issue.

Nov. 16 2010 09:41 AM
anna from new york

Anything. The US is a country of employment at will. Specifically, integrity and competence are the most common cause for firing in "wonderful" American non-profit sector which at this moment is the worst, the most corrupt place to work. Like corporate world, non-profits abuse and exploit their employees, but it much more difficult to sue them, because lawyers are not willing to go after places with limited resources.
The most egregious example I know of is firing an African American PhD.(=escorting out by three guards) from African American archives run by a former KKK member (no background in African American studies, no Ph.D.) for ... opposing to transferring these archives to KKK headquarters.
The fact is real; I changed some details, such as race.

Nov. 16 2010 08:26 AM

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