Dear Employer Of That Chick-Fil-A Jerk: Please Do Not Fire Him
August 4, 2012 13 Comments
Reportedly, the guy who made the laziest and jerkiest Chick-Fil-A protest imaginable, as I mentioned here, has been fired from his job, as CFO at some catheter vendor. If true, that is regrettable and unwelcome and I hope his employer would reconsider.
Why would he be fired for making such a video on his own time? Really, I see only two possibilities (or some combo of the two):
- A bunch of right-wingers researched/found out this guy’s employer and made angry phone calls and emails to the firm. They had no stomach for the bad publicity, got spooked by it, so axed him.
- The CEO or boss of his firm personally finds the guy’s political beliefs, as expressed in that video, repellent.
If #1 this was just bad behavior on the part of those right-wingers. Keep the ridicule on the net where it belongs.
If #2 the CEO or boss is being a jerk, firing someone for disagreeing with him politically.
Or, it could be some combination of the two bad effects.
Yes, I understand that anyone who works for such a corporation in such a capacity has, in some clause of his employment contract or another, some language saying he will strive to portray the corporation in a good light and exemplify the corporation’s virtues and values as a corporate citizen (or some such bullcrap), and can be fired if he doesn’t.
I don’t think such provisions are good developments nor that they should be encouraged or applauded. Dumb-ass videos aside, there’s no reason to believe he didn’t or couldn’t perform his job duties adequately. This guy is clearly a repulsive jerk on his own time but it’s also pretty crappy that he lost his job over something so dumb. I am far more distressed by an employer that would do that than the mere fact that the employer had a jerk on its payroll. There are jerks on everyones’ payrolls.