Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 2 months ago

When the sales trainee gets fired for arriving in a Trump truck with a confederate flag sticker, and gets fired, it's good for the company?

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We fired him, and he got fired.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    Yes. It's better for every company that employees coming to work come politically neutral. Using the employee parking lot as a venue to post political propaganda to be seen by the public, no matter whom the propaganda is for, is going to alienate some customers and stakeholders, which is not good for business. Best not to alienate anyone and keep any and all political opinions out of the workplace and signage out of an employee parking lot where it can be seen as being tacitly endorsed by the company itself.

    In fact, for federal employees, it's illegal, a violation of the Hatch Act, a firable offense that requires no warning because all federal employees are required to read the Hatch Act and sign that they've read it upon employment and annually thereafter do a refresher and sign that they're aware that it's a crime to display political propaganda at work or on federal property.

    In your case, I imagine the employee was warned, didn't cease and desist, and so was fired, and rightfully so. The reason the business exists is to make a profit. Legally, all employees have a fiduciary duty to their employer, meaning they cannot do anything at work to mitigate profits, anything to serve their own interests ahead of the business's ongoing concern of profit. Using company property as your political soap box, which is always controversial and always alienates some, is violating one's fiduciary responsibility and is grounds for firing with cause.

    By the way, it does not violate one's First Amendment right to free speech to fire an employee for this. That's because by being on employer property and it going on while at work in the employer's employ, if there is a First Amendment violation, it is the employee violating the employer's First Amendment rights, violating the employer's right to express themselves as they see fit, usually as politically neutral or apolitical.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Didn't the hillbilly mullet not give the company a big red flag when he applied for the job? 

  • 2 months ago

    Probably.  I stopped patronizing a number of places based on similar behavior by owners/employees.

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