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Offline MH

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Re: Getting Fired for Tweeting
« on: October 04, 2017, 09:29:06 am »
Remember a while back when some guy got fired for harassing a reporter while she was live on air. (the "**** her right in the ****!" meme.)   The reporter chewed him out, the video obtained widespread attention, people found out who he was and where he worked, and his employer fired him. (I believe he was an engineer at Ontario Hydro or something like that.)

I see this as being very similar in principle to the woman who got fired for her disgusting tweet.

Yes, I was thinking of that incident too when I posted.  It's similar but:
1) The guy didn't work for a media organization as a lawyer, where his objectivity would be questioned
2) It was a more rash, and less considered action than posting something

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Well, once the employer's name is involved in the controversy it's a public relations headache for them as well. 

Professional athletes and executives often have code-of-conduct clauses in their conduct that allow them to be terminated for bringing bad publicity to the employer.  That might not be the case for the rank-and-file employee (although I believe the woman fired from CBS was indeed an executive level employee) but the bad publicity brought upon the employer might still make a case for "due cause" if these cases go to court.

 -k

Right.  So what are the limits ?