10 Dumb Reasons Employers Fire Workers
When it comes to dumb reasons for getting fired, there appears to be no end to the idiocy displayed by many workers that ultimately leads to their dismissal.
There is perhaps no better example of this numbskullery than Steven Slater, the former JetBlue flight attendant who, in a fit aboard a parked aircraft two years ago, cursed out passengers, flung open an emergency slide and slid his way to the unemployment line.
But in an economy in which there's no shortage of available workers, employers can fire workers on some of the flimsiest, strangest and dumbest pretexts. And employees have little recourse. Thanks to employment-at-will laws in place in nearly all U.S. states, companies have wide berth in firing, laying off or otherwise dismissing employees.
Still, as the following stories demonstrate, some workers aren't taking their dismissals lying down, but are choosing to file complaints with regulatory authorities or hiring lawyers to file lawsuits. In doing so, they hope to not only right the wrongs they feel led to their unemployment, but also get a bit of payback, either by having their jobs restored or wages reinstated -- or both.
Do you think their discharges were warranted? Or perhaps you've heard stranger reasons for being fired? Let us know in the comments section below or comment on our Facebook page.
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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. Follow David on Twitter. Email David at firstname.lastname@example.org. Add David to your Google+ circles.more...