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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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[–] Broc_Lia 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.

Not at all. There's a tumblr group devoted to tracking down people like that's employment info and blowing up the company email with complaints about them, even if they've never actually visited the business and never intend to. The sad part is that it usually works. The game theory of the whole thing means that it's in their interests to fire them even if the accusations are trumped up nonsense, which is why it's important for everyone else to balance out the incentives and punish the companies which do the firing.

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.

That's a pretty tenuous link, listing your job on your social media is unwise, but pretty normal.

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.

Alison Rapp didn't just list her workplace on her tumblr, she used her tumblr for work related PR posts and expressedly mentioned her employer on her porn tweets.