In the past couple months, I engaged in a lively debate on a mailing list over whether or not employers should be allowed to consider an employee’s (or job applicant’s) social life (as showcased on Facebook, MySpace, a personal blog, or any other social web site) in making decisions about that employee. My argument is that what I do off the clock is none of my employer’s damned business. A shocking number of people (it seemed to be a 50/50 split, actually) seemed to think employers have the right. Mostly (and predictably) the argument centered around “inappropriate” behavior. Drinking, acting drunk, nudity… but here’s a story of someone getting sacked for simply having a sense of humor, off-duty, on her personal website. She’s not even speaking ill of her employer or using her employer’s name in the material. Boss didn’t like her sense of humor, now she’s out of a job. Where do employer rights end and employee (human) rights begin?
edit: added link to the material she got sacked for, so you can judge for yourself.