Money Was it right to fire an employee for giving President Trump the finger?

18:27  13 november  2017
18:27  13 november  2017 Source:   Canadian Business

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A woman was fired from her job after posting a photo to social media showing her giving President Trump or his motorcade the middle finger . Was it right to fire Juli Briskman for posting the middle finger photo?

Would you give Obama the finger now he is not president . (But Donald Trump would have been within his rights to stop her and interrogate her, both as President and as a person.)

A woman later identified as Juli Briskman gestures at President Donald Trump’s motorcade on October 28, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)© Used with permission of / © Rogers Media Inc. 2017. A woman later identified as Juli Briskman gestures at President Donald Trump’s motorcade on October 28, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

Is she defiantly hero, or a disrespectfully flippant? The woman who flipped off Trump has lost her job. Did her employer act ethically?

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It is concerning that an employee can be fired for posting an image on a site not connected to or The issue isn’t whether any of us agree or disagree with her giving the finger to Trump or Trump Briskman has a Constitutionally protected right to give the finger to the President , her boss’s boss.

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Juli Briskman—irked that the president was golfing when he ought to be focusing on more important matters—raised her middle finger at Donald Trump’s motorcade as it zipped past her on her bicycle near Trump National Golf Club last month. And for that, she was fired.

I’ve written a few times about people being fired for their off-the-job behaviour (See: Fired for Being a Jerk in Public and Should Rioters be Fired? and Hydro One Was Wrong to Fire Hooligan Employee). In particular, I’ve argued that while it is often satisfying to see some idiot fired over their bad behaviour, we should be cautious about endorsing such moves by employers. For one thing, we should be cautious about endorsing the intrusion of our employers into our private (or at least, non-work) lives. For another thing, there are too few checks on employers’ power: when people are fired for off-duty behaviour, there’s a chance that this sort of punishment will be capricious, and disproportionate. It is, in short, a rather rough sort of justice.

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who gave President Trump ’s motorcade, as The Post’s Petula Dvorak put it , the “middle- finger And protecting these rights means that employers must not be able to fire workers who engage in If that employee (say, Chuck Jones) could be fired for defending himself, Trump would have a

As reported by USA Today, a photo of a woman giving President Trump ’s motorcade the middle finger went viral last week. Should employers be allowed to fire employees over social media posts like this? Let us know!

Ms Briskman’s employer is—or rather was—Akima L.L.C., a holding company that “oversees government contractors.” Now, one of the sometimes-legitimate reasons for firing an employee over their off-the-job behaviour is when the employee’s behaviour stands to damage the company’s legitimate business interests. And when you’re a company whose business relies on government contracts, having an employee publicly insult the president is a serious concern. So while those of us who agree with Briskman’s sentiment may regret the loss of her job, we should hardly be surprised, and perhaps not offended, at her employer’s actions.

But this case serves a useful purpose in highlighting the role of critical thinking in ethical decision making, because I sense a lot of people out there had a very different reaction to this case than they did to some of the previous high-profile cases of employers firing employees for high-profile off-duty shenanigans. If your moral reaction to this one is different from the last one, you need to think about why. Are you being inconsistent, or is there actually some unspoken principle according to which the rightness of the employer’s action is determined? Is that unspoken principle something other than your own political leanings?

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On her bike ride in Sterling, Virginia, President Donald Trump ’s motorcade passed her. Briskman is fired . This is similar to Jemele Hill and her two-week suspension from ESPN for tweeting about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

The 50-year-old mother of two became a national hero for anti- Trump advocates when she gave President Donald Trump the middle finger as If she were my employee unless I had other reasons I probably wouldn’t fire her. However, it ’s the owners choice to protect his company and all the other

A good test of your moral intuitions is generally to put the shoe on the other foot. In particular, when you applaud the exercise of autonomous judgment or freedom by some individual, group, or company, ask whether you would still applaud it if the individual, group, or company had values different from your own.

Applying that to the question of firing employees for their “bad” behaviour off the job: If you think you are in favour of an employer feeling free to fire an employee for behaviour that you think despicable, ask whether you would like employers to follow the same standard when the behaviour in question is one with which you’re sympathetic. If not, then you should probably have second thoughts about the previous cases in which you endorsed rough justice being handed out by employers.

Chris MacDonald is director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Interim Director of the Ted Rogers MBA at Ryerson University, and founding co-editor of Business Ethics Highlights.

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