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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: Chris,
      I wouldn't go so far as to call Employment a privilege.
      You might have the State try to make you get a license for the privilege of digging dirt.

      The employer would not want to be 'represented' by an 'off the clock' employee.
      That is one step beyond. Liability issues appear for greedy attorneys.

      But, asking an employee to act responsibly 24/7/365 via contract, is not a bad idea.
      Provided the foolish applicant will sign such an agreement in the first place.

      That whiner thingy still seems to fit.
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      May 19 2013: Ah, there we go. 'Big boy pants', employment as a privileged, and realities of life. Now I get it. I should be 'grateful' that those companies want me to do something for them because I'm the best skilled candidate, so grateful that I relinquish my personal freedom, because it's a 'privileged' to have invested in my education and talents and be able to lay them 'at the altar' of my omnipotent employer, who claims control over my personal living, because this is the reality. And I am 'selfish, self-centered, and feel entitlement' because I wish to demand my freedom. Guilty as charged. I guess I'm fired, huh? I'm sure you'll have some excellent candidates who will live exactly as you prescribe - sir. "Yes sir, I'll do that at home sir. No, you're right sir, I won't do that at home sir.Thank you, sir. Thank you sir..."
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          May 24 2013: Very nice logo of 'Coexist'. So in the spirit of such fine public representation, I won't defend myself against your horribly inflammatory, unfounded, uninformed accusations and personal attack - which are dismissive conversation and debate tactics, by the way. I would only hope to find some common ground in the future, whether we differ or agree.

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