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R H
  • R H
  • Chicago, IL
  • United States

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Employer's 'Codes of Conduct' are violations of my civil rights

I recently worked with a Fortune 25 corp and had to sign a 'code of conduct' as a condition of employment. In it, it stated (effectively) 'employees conduct is a reflection of the company both on and off the job, therefore employees must conduct themselves in a manner representing the company at all times'. I felt this violated my civil rights. I felt that I was hired to perform a task, to a job, and that my life is my own. The employer (ostensibly) felt that to work there was a choice, not a demand, and this is their condition of employment if I should 'choose' to work there. My conduct is my business - especially 'off' the job. I am not a slave. I am not 'owned'. My actions are not 'owned', and I cannot be 'discarded' because I may or may not have personal values that mirror my employers. Employment is 'at will', I agree. But losing my job because of my conduct at home is a violation of my civil rights.

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    R H 30+

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    May 18 2013: Because employment is 'at will', employers do not need a 'reason' to terminate the employment relationship. Behavior can mean anything the employer wishes to interpret. I cannot debate specific employment positions, only as an employee, my personal life, choices, and actions are my own.
    • May 19 2013: R H

      Very good. I knew you were a wolf in sheep clothing. haha
      You're not a 'whiner' after all. You just like a great argument.
      I bet your Mom let you stir the cake batter, to mix it up.

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