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Just think about the future:

Your employer could demand to see what you're doing in your off time. Failure to prove that you are engaged in "optimal" activities could trigger an automatic dismissal. And under "at will" law it would be legal. And if that isn't legal today it can be made legal tomorrow with the application of a few campaign contribution bucks.


Five Lifestyle Activities That Can Get You Fired
By Larry Buhl, Monster Contributing Writer

Can having a bacon double cheeseburger and a cigarette put your job at risk? Maybe. It may sound surprising, but many off-the-job actions and lifestyles could put your job in jeopardy.

Fair Game?

Employment experts point out five key areas that a company may scrutinize:

Smoking, Drinking and Overeating: Due to the cost of health insurance, more and more employers view "unhealthy" habits as a threat to their bottom line.

Risky Behavior: Likewise, a company might see your bungee-jumping hobby as a liability.

Speech: Will your employer consider your blogging to be destructive griping?

Romantic Relationships: Dating someone at a competing company has landed employees in hot water. And some employers might take issue with unmarried coupling or even same-sex relationships. (Federal law doesn't protect employees from discrimination based on real or perceived sexual orientation.)

Political Activity: Volunteering for a Democratic candidate could be trouble if you have a Republican boss, and vice versa.

Job- or industry-specific behaviors can lead to termination as well. A Ford worker who drives a Toyota is probably safe -- unless he is president of Ford. But a bank employee who bounces a personal check could get the boot.

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