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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Second Jobs and Civil Rights

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Interesting question:

Can working at the Tilted Kilt get me fired? 

This begs another question: From where?

If you are employed in an "at will" situation, then a private employer may fire you for anything or nothing at all, but not for a protected reason.

Federal law prohibits job discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, and national origin. There are federal civil rights protections in place for the disabled and for people over the age of 40. States may make their own civil rights laws in addition to the federal statutes, as long as the state laws do not contradict the federal laws. For example, in the state of Vermont employees are protected from discrimination based upon sexual preference. A Vermont employee may not be fired for being gay.

Therefore, at will employees may be fired by private employers for behavior exhibited outside of working hours. Government employees and contract employees may be subject to different rules and regulations, depending upon which government office or what the contract says. Which brings us back to my own question at the beginning, "From where?"

Hope this helps.


1 comment :

  1. Having a second job working at Tilted Kilt will not get you into trouble unless your job now have moral issues regarding it (which may not always have a legal basis). There is also an issue about conflicts of interest which is basis enough to get you fired. It really depends on where you are currently working now.

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