Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fired for What!? - Dongle-Gate, Girls Scout Cookies, and Sexual Orientation or Domestic Abuse

I don't want to go overboard on the Fired for What's, but there are just so many interesting stories out there:
  • Dongle-Gate: A woman at a tech conference tweets a picture of the guys behind her to complain about them making "big dongle" jokes. Next thing you know, one of the guys is fired, the woman's employer is facing denial of service attacks, and then the woman gets fired. "Boy that escalated quickly, I mean that really got out of hand fast." For legal analysis of a potential retaliation claim, check out Eric Meyer's blog (with a quick comment from me, explaining that I think it's a weak claim).
  • Fired for selling Girl Scout cookies: I clicked the link expecting to be outraged - but it turns out the employee was selling cookies at the campus convenience store where she worked. I'm not that outraged. Still, she had worked there for almost 30 years, so maybe a simple "stop it" would have sufficed (I'm really becoming soft).
  • Fired for being gay . . . or being a domestic abuse victim: Huh? A juvenile corrections officer claims he was fired for being gay. The sheriff responded by denying the allegations . . . and claiming that he was actually fired "because he had called police about more than one domestic dispute. The same could have happened to a woman who reported abuse by a man" (quoting the article, not the sheriff). Ummm, I'd probably sit down and try to come up with a slightly better excuse than that. The story has a somewhat happy ending - he got his job back and the county instituted an anti-discrimination policy.