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  • 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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  • May 19 2013: R H
    Your conduct is your business as long as it is legal.
    When it becomes otherwise, it is subject to justice.
    In a sense you are indeed owned. Geographically
    you are owned by a powerful government who claims
    authority over you and the space you occupy. You
    are a slave. Plain and simple.

    When you find yourself well enough armed to dispute
    your status, do so, if you want to. Until then accept
    reality. Or find a Federal Judge to agree with you.
    When you do, please let us all know.

    R H, Please, no more responses. I am at home, alone. LOL

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