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Juan Williams -- the veteran NPR reporter was recently fired for making comments about his fear of flying when there is a Muslim on the aircraft. Helen Thomas -- a White House reporter for over five decades was fired for making anti-sematic comments in an interview. Howard Arenstein-- a longtime reporter for the CBS was fired after police discovered Arenstein and his wife were growing marijuana plants in their Washington D.C. backyard.
What do all these people have in common? Well, in addition to being highly-respected in their various fields, they were all fired for statements for behavior that they engaged in OUTSIDE of their employment. Williams and Thomas were both interviewed not in their official capacities as reporters, but in personal interviews with a different media outlet. Arenstein was not growing marijuana at the CBS office, but in his own backyard. All the firings beg the question, when can an employer fire an employee for actions taken off the clock? Here are three ways ...
More than other employment decisions, firing an employee for his or her off-duty conduct is a truly individual analysis. Including provisions in an employment contract is one way to put the employee on alert, and help to shield an employer from potential liability down the road. And a word to the wise -- setting a good example as an employer is always a good idea too.
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