Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fired for What!? - Election Fallout

The election is now behind us and we can go on about our ordinary routines . . . at least some of us can. Others are not so lucky (or, perhaps they made their own "luck"). Let's cut to the Fired for What!?:
  • Facebooking racial slurs and assassination references: Cold Stone Creamery fired one of its employees for calling President Obama the N-word on Facebook and posting that "Maybe he will get assassinated this term..!!" Yeah, that's just bad for business. HT: My roommate from college let me know about this story on . . . where else? Facebook.
  • Obamacare cutbacks: The election results pretty much guarantee that the ACA is moving forward. Papa John's is just one of many businesses that has vowed to cut back on the number of employees or the employees' hours in response to the increased healthcare costs under Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act). This has sparked outrage and calls for a boycott of Papa John's. These people never learn their lesson (remember Chick-Fil-A?) - National Papa John's Appreciation Day is already in the works.
  • Firing (or Threatening to Fire) Employee Based on His Vote: This is not a specific termination story but rather a great blog entry from Eugene Volokh. The bottom line: legally speaking, it's probably a bad idea to fire employees for their votes. I'll just add that even if it were perfectly legal . . . probably still a bad idea.

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