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22-01-2014, 10:01 AM
Should your opinions outside the workplace get you fired?
I personally think once you step off the premises your employer should have absolutely no right to interfere with what you think or say. I don't care how much it's against their own opinions/beliefs. Work should stay at work.



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22-01-2014, 10:08 AM
RE: Should your opinions outside the workplace get you fired?
It depends on the relationship between your feelings and your job.

I am a journalist. You bet I am careful what I say about politics in public (even though I don't cover politics except in limited circumstances). My views have a direct effect on my reputation as being an impartial observer and chronicler of events.

The pastor of a church has no expectation that he can live for a year as an atheist and keep his job as a pastor.

It depends on the job.

If I flip burgers at McDonald's, or even if I manage one, I would expect to have considerably more freedom, so long as my views do not intersect with my job duties (eg, if I declare I will not hire homosexuals because I don't agree with their lifestyle, that's not just a personal view -- it's a job performance/civil rights matter).

It depends on the job.

If I work for a school and in my spare time I edit the monthly publication of the North American Man Boy Love Association, I can expect to lose my job.

It depends on the job.
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22-01-2014, 10:25 AM
RE: Should your opinions outside the workplace get you fired?
Depends on the job and the opinions.

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22-01-2014, 11:06 AM
RE: Should your opinions outside the workplace get you fired?
Depends on a lot of things. Not the least of which is that there are many states - they call themselves pro-business rather than anti-worker - where an employee can be fired for any reason whatever.

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22-01-2014, 11:12 AM
RE: Should your opinions outside the workplace get you fired?
(22-01-2014 11:06 AM)Minimalist Wrote:  Depends on a lot of things. Not the least of which is that there are many states - they call themselves pro-business rather than anti-worker - where an employee can be fired for any reason whatever.

Huh I thought that was everywhere? Unless you were in a union ?? Consider Or maybe I have just always lived in those states? PA, MN, NC?


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22-01-2014, 11:16 AM
RE: Should your opinions outside the workplace get you fired?
I would want to see a cop fired should that cop express racist opinions.

Journalists in state owned broadcasting centers such as the BBC are also fired if they abuse air time to propagate their opinions.

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22-01-2014, 11:50 AM
RE: Should your opinions outside the workplace get you fired?
I've only been in jobs where the employment can be terminated at any time for any reason. Unless you can prove discrimination (usually impossible) then you are screwed. I think the employer should be free to fire his employees for any reason, unless it is discrimination against a protected class of peoples.

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22-01-2014, 12:06 PM
RE: Should your opinions outside the workplace get you fired?
It depends on the subject. Some people don't have a very high opinion of the company they work for. That's fine, but they should keep such opinions to themselves, if they want to stay working for the company.

I have read that some people have made such opinions known on social network sites and have got in trouble with the boss.

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22-01-2014, 12:10 PM
RE: Should your opinions outside the workplace get you fired?
Some companies require you to sign a handbook or other employment agreement. If they specify code of conduct violations outside of the workplace and you sign it, they have every right to let you go. Lesson there: if you are going to sign and agree then you need to comply or face the consequences.

But, as has been mentioned, when you are in a 'right to work' state...you can be fired for anything or nothing at all and your chances of fighting it pretty much worthless.

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22-01-2014, 03:44 PM
RE: Should your opinions outside the workplace get you fired?
I know places (restaurants, stores, retail, etc) that'll fire you if you post a picture of yourself wearin your work clothes/tag on social networking.

They can pretty much fire you for anything they don't like. Just depends on your employer I suppose.
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