Gut Rumbles

March 07, 2005

I got paid righteously

Yeah, I lost my job because of my blog. But Kerr-McGee paid me well to get the fuck off the premises before I "embarassed" the company any more, so I took the money and ran. I never blogged on company time, I never mentioned the name of my employer and I STILL knew that what I was doing was dangerous. It bit me.

Other people are not so lucky, but I'm gonna ask a simple question. When are businesses going to wake up to the fact that blogs exist? Before I started blogging, I wrote for the Effingham Herald and I was a frequent columnist for the Savannah Morning News. I wrote in those places much like I write today, minus the profanity.

I never heard a peep from work management about me doing THAT in my free time. But my blog got me fired. Companies had better start making some clear-cut rules about such things. They'll piss-test you and refuse to hire smokers, but they leave this part out of the equation.

How much of your personal life does a company own when you accept a paycheck from them?


Good question, Rob. I'm sure it will become bait for the lawyers and eventually be answered in the SCOTUS, where it doesn't belong.

But, perhaps it won't have to get answered at all. All we need is a firm Federal decision stating that blogging is an activity fully protected by the First Amendment. If the courts give us the so-called "Press protection", this issue will never come up again in the courts.

Posted by: Rivrdog on March 7, 2005 10:37 AM

In todays 'Brave New World',they own ALL of your life.

Posted by: stavanzer on March 7, 2005 10:47 AM

In todays 'Brave New World',they own ALL of your life.

Then theysure got a bill of goods when they bought mine.

Posted by: McGehee on March 7, 2005 11:20 AM

The gentleman's answer to your question is *none.*

Few in my generation are gentleman, and of those in authority, public and private, almost none.

While employers are within their rights (of property and liberty) with all the vice-testing and mouth-monitoring, what believer in freedom would choose to exercise their rights in such a fashion?


Posted by: Brett on March 7, 2005 01:46 PM

None, what you do on your free time is your business.

Posted by: Jack on March 7, 2005 02:46 PM

Fuck'em, I do my job and do it well, but hell, I just pound nails and dig in the dirt.. But By God, it is done right.. Corporate America can go suck my toe!
You did the right thing Rob, feed them fish-heads.
Uppity motherfuckers have a lot to learn from regular folks... I consider my self one.

Posted by: Murry on March 8, 2005 03:06 AM

I have to disagree.

If you want to be an at will employee (able to quit at any time, with no negative consequences), then your employer can fire you for any reason at any time.

Yes, yes, I know it doesn't actually work that way (try firing a transgendered, disabled, Filipina/o), but the principle is there. If you join an "activist" group and act "extreme" in public, would your employer want to continue the professional relationship? Like it or not, we are judged by our actions, and if firing for blogging becomes illegal, the companies will just be more circumspect..

Byna, the 1st Amendment only applies to government action.

Posted by: Byna on March 10, 2005 02:06 AM
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