Stebben84 wrote:I can't say that across the board, but in this case, quite possibly yes.
I know this is an extreme case, but do you think it would be ok for an employer to fire someone if they discovered they were a grand wizard in the KKK. The employer has to look at the situation and how those issued revealed could affect the workplace. I'll tell you one thing, shit would be real fucked up at my job if my co-worker was outed as such.
I don't think this is a yes or no situation. Sometimes firing someone isn't. If someone made a mistake at work that was minor and got fired, is THAT ok. What if someone forgot to replace the toilet paper in the bathroom and got fired. Is THAT ok. It's work related, so it should be ok, but I'll hope you agree that it's not.
I can't see any employer firing someone for a minor mistake at work. Perhaps if there was a documented history of similar issues or they were a new employee who was borderline for other reasons, it might be justified, but forgetting the TP once (or other small offences)? Not likely, and as you stated, not OK.
Now if the employer found out they had the grand wizard of the KKK working for them, i agree it would be awkward (and real fucked up) but if his behavior on the job isn't reflective of his racist beliefs, I'm not sure it's justifiable to firing him based on that. It seems to imply that a person with offensive beliefs doesn't have a right to hold a job. I just think as long he isn't shoving his beliefs in his co-workers faces, what he does outside of work is his own issue. In fact if a company found out and decided to make an issue of it, the company and not the racist bastard would be responsible for shoving it in his co-workers face.
Put it another way, do you think you have never worked with someone whom unknown to you, held an opinion you were offended by? For that matter do you have opinions you don't discuss at work because you know someone would be offended?
Both in the hypothetical KKK case, and in the Reddit case, the individual in question did not disclose their off hours behavior, most likely because they knew their would be issues with their employer. If the employer choose to make the off hours behavior an issue, isn't that the employer causing the workplace to be uncomfortable?