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[–] ThatFireFlameNew 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

I agree in a legal holistic sense, but if you're a business and you want to build a brand I understand. If you're gay, you'd never go to a dentist where the receptionist openly hates gays. As the business owner it's best to fire employees that ruin your brand and detract business.

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[–] Broc_Lia 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

And I'd never go to a dentist that fired their nurse/secretary for personal beliefs expressed outside of work.

As a society, it's in everyone's interests (especially minorities like gays) that employment can't be used as a cudgel to enforce conformity, so we should put equal pressure on businesses thinking about firing someone not to do so.

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[–] CrazyInAnInsaneWorld 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

While I don't disagree with your overall sentiment, I must point out that, in the above scenario, if the gay clientele in question knows their receptionist openly hates gays, then more than likely those views were expressed in the exercise of her duties (unless said gay clientele somehow know said receptionist in their private life outside of her profession...unlikely, given her proclivities), and thus make her entirely fair game for firing, due to affecting the Dentist's business potential and brand.

Don't get me wrong, I stood against the firing of Eich when that shitstorm hit the fan, and I'm still pissed with Mozilla over it. But Eich made sure to keep his professional life and his personal views separate. When somebody goes on their Twitter account that literally lists their employment position as an NBC Producer (Thus linking his professional life to his personal views) and enjoys all the attendant followers due to that position, and starts spewing shit like this, then just like Alison Rapp getting shitcanned for acting as a Hooker on her official Nintendo Treehouse account makes her fair game for people to report her activities to Nintendo and for Nintendo of America to take steps to protect their brand, the same applies to the NBC Producer.

We got so upset about what happened to Eich, because his politics were unconnected in any way to his professional capacity, until the media made a huge heyday about it. Whether you are Alison Rapp or Matthew Mowrer, when you specifically connect your workplace with your personal views, however, it's a different matter, entirely.

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[–] New_Iso 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This is one of those difficult moral conundrums.

Personally, I don't shit where I eat and keep my professional life from my private one.