Faux-Pas Firings: The Saga Continues

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In the past month:

-A woman filed a lawsuit  against Citibank, claiming she was fired for being “too sexy.”

-A Wisconsin woman was fired from her job as a dispatcher, after posting on Facebook that she was a drug addict — even though she was joking.

-And just last week, news broke of a Christian-school teacher who was fired for becoming pregnant before she was married.

Though wrongful termination laws vary by state, most states have adopted an “at will employment” policy, meaning that companies can fire an employee at any time, for any reason (and that employees can quit at any time, for any reason). The only concrete exception, of course, is if the firing is in violation of Federal Equal Opportunity Employment laws, which prevent employees from being terminated based on race, sex, age, color, religion, disability or veteran status.

What do you think about these recent termination stories? Let us know in the comments section.

  1. It would be difficult to put into law all the things that wouldn’t justify firing. Although there should be something put in place instead of “at will employment” especially now with the economy as bad as it is.

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  4. So much job discrimination is taken a bigger role now days in this bad economy for employer to use at their own discretion. How many of us see on job apps about sponsorship on job apps for illegal aliens to obtain employment.This is knocking a lot of American out of employment opportunities even at state jobs as well like the highway department. Also another trend is discrimination for people over the age of 40 and some jobs cater to people on government benefits how many of you notice these things while filling out apps?

  5. Kaitlin
    The statement that the teacher that was fired from a catholic school is not correct.The school is a christian school,not catholic.Can you please correct that statement

  6. I live in Iowa and I was fired for having a disability, and the funny thing is that the company “is”the one that gave me the disability in the first place. A local attorney sued because I had surgery but would not sue when the company said they fired me since I cannot perform the job anymore. the attorney said you cant do that here.

  7. I also request that you correct the statement about the school firing the teacher over getting pregnant before she was married. It wasn’t a Catholic school. It was a (non-Catholic) Christian school.

  8. 1. Christian v. Catholic is a matter of semantics. Religion in general is way too uptight anyway.

    2. “At-Will” employment is pretty much the confirmation of the Disposable Employee and really really REALLY should be outlawed. Everything today is geared toward the company and away from the individual, be they clients or employees. “At-Will” is a horridly wrong practice which exemplifies this.

  9. I still get upset about getting laid off, I felt that my boss was trying to make me look bad so I would get laid off, She told me that she felt that I stabbed her in the back and to this day I don’t know what she meant. I got in trouble for asking people what they had for lunch. Then I got written up for saying something about layoffs, they didn’t know what the comment was, they said that someone heard me say something about layoffs. The only thing I know is that I had made a joke the day previous about layoffs, still don’t know what I said

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