Thursday, January 17, 2008
'Drunken pirate' picture costs woman her job
So This woman posted this exact photograph on her myspace, and her employers fired her. The picture was titled 'Drunken Pirate'.
I gather that US employment laws are vastly different to those in the UK, as here you can't just be fired, you have various first warnings, official written warnings, then you eventually get fired, if you consistently don't follow your employers wishes according to your job.
But what the... this makes me so annoyed. She was fired from her job as a teacher because of this. Because it 'promotes underake drinking'. Perhaps she was a bad employee in other respects, and this just somehow added to their case. But wtf.
One of the things which always worried me about the internet (I blogged before I videoblogged) was that people might see. That people I work with, or whom I may work with in the future, might see, and judge and choose against me because of something I had talked about online. The more you express your opinions to someone (even passively) the more chance they have to disagree with you. And not give you a job.
It's only been since this youtube thing has gotten to the point of no return (being in the paper and on the TV news) that I have felt fully ok with anyone from my real life knowing about it, about it being on my CV or something I talk about the first time I meet someone. I do still have a fear that some day it will count against me should I try to get a regular job in a bank or as admin somewhere, in a pinch. I want to be creative and work in creative fields, but it is not an easy field to get a hold on, so I like to think that my options are open.
at 9:32 am