Monday, April 18, 2005

Who's paying you to think?

A rising tide of employees have recently been reprimanded or let go for running afoul of their employers' taste or temperament on personal blogs, including a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines who learned the hard way that the carrier frowns on cheeky photos while in uniform and a Google employee who mused on the company's financial condition and was fired.

Aren't these companies not allowed to discriminate on the basis of belief? Shouldn't companies pay extra if one is not allowed to have an opinion (possibly negative) about where they work? Does Walmart really have the right to fire a worker for including Walmart in the reasons why their life is shit? Should that be any different for Microsoft? McDonalds has no right to deny work to a member of PETA, should they be able to fire them they find out they're a member from their blog? Even KKK assholes (the few who have jobs) should not loose them if they refrain from being a racist prick at work. Are these places paying you to do a job, or to like a job? If it's the latter, I think it should be a separate agreement.

People are allowed to fuck who they want, talk about how it was, and still be employable. Your job should not be able to fire you because it found out in your blog that you got a blowjob from jose's sister (for the same reason they can't fire you for having a family). If you met your SOB manager outside of work and he felt like hanging out, there is no reason you should get fired for telling him to fuck off. You're being paid to do a task. If you do it well and work well with the people you work with, there is no legitimate grounds for firing. Do you think sanitation workers are doing it because they like it or because they're getting paid? They have every right to express that sanitation is shitty work if they want to without fear of reprisal. Most people aren't working to pass the fucking time, they work because they don't have a fucking choice. Unless you're being paid to be a spokesperson for whatever company, they shouln't be able to fire you for doing it wrong. Anyone who has been, should send a bill to that company for advertising fees.
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