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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 07:45 PM

82. The thing is, it doesn't really matter...

If this is an "employment at will" state, he can fire you for whatever reason he wants. He doesn't have to prove you voted for Obama -- if he wants to, he can fire you for simply having said something moderately favorable about the president or the Democratic Party.

A number of years ago, I worked part-time at a craft store while going to grad school. I thought I was on decent terms with the manager, until she came up with a wingnut theory on how Ted Kennedy had deliberately murdered Mary Jo Kopechne because she had told him she was pregnant with his child. After I pointed out how that didn't make sense (as I put it, even if Kennedy was as purely evil as she thought, would he have consciously chosen a way that would have put his own life in jeopardy?), her attitude toward me cooled and she made my work more and more difficult, before finally "letting me go" (and leaving a report with the corporation that I had been "fired for insubordination," so that they fought my unemployment filing and bad-mouthed me to every other potential employer until I got smart enough to leave my employment there off my job applications). What could I do about it? Nuthin'.

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