Should you get fired for something you said/did outside of the workplace?

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  1. Tylenol Jones

    Tylenol Jones Member

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    http://www.kctv5.com/story/29065046/obscene-taunt-meme-to-reporter-gets-man-fired-from-job

    Short version ; reporter doing a piece outside when a man yells out a popular Internet meme at her ("screw her in the "lady place""). She gets understandably pissed as almost every female reporter hears this many times a day and confronts him live on camera. He gets fired from his job. He was not wearing a uniform or badge and could not be identified until this story spread like wildfire.

    Should what you say/do decide your professional fate? Should you get fired for something that occurred outside of your workplace?
     
  2. GuitarGuy66

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    The trick with FHRITP is that it has to be a run-by. Hit it and quit it.

    You don't stick around and then do a post FHRITP interview after.

    If you're THAT stupid....

    :facepalm
     
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    On the job or not, PR standards are going to require that guy gets fired if he works for any company larger than mom 'n pop. And even then, a small business is perfectly justified for firing someone based on stupidity. Yelling a vulgar phrase at anyone, let alone someone with a camera certainly qualifies as stupidity to me
     
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    Ask Aaron Hernandez ;)
     
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    In my opinion this is mild harrassment. Certainly not very classy.

    My son would never say such a thing to a woman. I'd kick his ass.
     
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  7. Tylenol Jones

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    Saying it to begin with is mightily stupid. Anybody who finds that funny or entertaining has some serious issues.
     
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    I'm not saying that you should do it, or that I would do it. I'm saying if you were to do it, that's how it should be done.
     
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  9. Jon C

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    Depends on what you did and what your job is, but I'd probably fire the guy here because (a) he is an abusive prick with no manners and bad judgment; and (b) he is so stupid he went on camera ...

    So in this case - yes.
     
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    Not even in the same ball park.
     
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    Our policy at work states that if you are wearing something with the company logo on it you are held to the same standard as if you are at work. In this situation you wouldn't be fired but you would still have no class.
     
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    Seth L Silver Supporting Member

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    For that? Certainly.
     
  13. eflatminor

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    Employer's choice assuming the employee is 'at will'. Most companies will have such things documented in an employee handbook/company rules, but even if they don't, they certainly have the right to terminate an employee that brings about negative publicity. In this case, I sure as heck would have fired that idiot.
     
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  14. Tylenol Jones

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    It's an arbitrarily set line, though. Where do we draw it?

    I'd argue that he represents the company DURING work hours but that off-hours, he doesn't... unless, as somebody pointed out earlier, he's wearing some sort of uniform or company-identifying logo or clothing.
     
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    My point was that we don't draw it, the employer does in an 'employment at will' relationship.
     
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    We'll see this happen a lot as the concept of privacy continues to erode. Will a surveillance society be a polite society? Would you want to live in one?
     
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    The "wild west" was certainly a polite society.
     
  18. eflatminor

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    No and no...not if history is anything to go by.
     
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    I guess it's cool if you are in junior high.
     
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    if you do something double stupid like that, and you end up drawing negative attention to the company you work for, in my mind, firing is entirely justified. however, i bet if the guy was really good at what he does, they probably woulda kept him. that game is a sign that the guy was a tard
     

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