Just recently had a coworker fired for something they did outside of work. Do you think this is fair?

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    No. Unless what was done out side unlawful and in a personal capacity, that is not fair. It encourages harassment and does not add to a professional environment. Any views or actions that do harm the Company may lead to this end. However this sets a bad precedent.

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    Firing someone is an employeer´s decision, fairness is out of the question.

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    I believe it may depending on the circumstance

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    Depends on situation and what was done, if it makes company look bad then things should be taken in consideration

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    Depends on what that co worker did outside of work.

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    Depends on what they did.

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    Hell no. But there are exceptions... if you work serving people, and you're in one of trump's tiki torch kkk/4th Reich marches, then yes.. That shows that you can not possibly treat others fairly that are a different race or creed (if you're openly declaring your hatred for someone merely by how they look or talk) then yes. Fire his ass. If it's something that doesnt directly gave a bering on the job, (drug use, domestic issues, DUI, etc) then no.

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    If it was something very bad I would be ok with this. If they were a child molester fine.

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    If it has no impact on the business it is not fair.

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    Depending on the job they have... if it's a reflection of the company, yes sometimes

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    Depends on what they did. Some actions (especially illegal ones) outside of work merit a termination.

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    It really depends on that they did and whether the thing they did could potentially impact the company.

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    Depends of the offense, however, you are representation of the company you work for.

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    It depends on what was done and the impact or position it put the company in.

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    Not nearly enough information to say. But, fairness really has little to do with employment. The company wants the best workers at the lowest rates. Workers want the highest rates for the least work. Neither party really wants is "fair" for both sides, although that is where they tend to settle to reach an agreement. With at will employment, don't expect fairness to factor in to any decisions your employer makes. They will do what is best for themselves. You should do the same.

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    Yes, it is a show of character what you do outside of work as well !

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    It depends on what they did and if there is a policy in place that explicitly allows for the company to fire the employee for outside conduct. If they're firing an employee for some kind of posting on a private social media profile, I feel that's crossing a line on the part of the company.

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    I guess it depends on what it was. If it’s something that can make the company look bad, then absolutely. We're in an age where everything is captured on social media. Many companies even use social media to research a potential new employee. Your actions could potentially be the reason you aren’t hired. Private companies have an obligation to take action if something is illegal, offensive, discriminatory, threatening etc. The First Amendment doesn’t apply to private employers. You're responsible for your actions. And if it's questionable, then just don't do it.

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    Unfortunately, companies see their employees as brand ambassadors and assume the risk accordingly. If the cause is something that could be detrimental to the employer’s brand, they’re at-will to react accordingly. If I were an employer, I would take the same approach.

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    It would only be fair if what your coworker did reflected on the company and was against policy.

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    None off the company's business what you do on your own rime.

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    If the company has a policy concerning out of work activities and the impact that could have on your job and you broke that policy, then yes, its fair.....ie posting on social media comments about coworkers that are negative or just plain wrong or particpating on the board of directors of a firm you compete with or developing software that is in direct competition to your current company then yes, its ok.

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    All dependent on what it was and if its harming the image of the company.

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    It depends. Did it give the company a negative view. Was it criminally liable?

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    Depends on what they did.

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    Depends on what happened in my opinion. I don't believe you can blanket answer this question without it being more specific.

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    It totally depends on what they did. Rape? Murder? Armed robbery? Embezzlement?

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    It's not "fair", but what does that have to with anything? There's almost certainly no legal recourse if that's what you're asking.

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    Yes lot of assholes work here one less is good thing

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    It depends on what they did. If it was abuse of power then yes. If it was a stupid tweet no.

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    It can be if that something had to do with another employee or if it reflected poorly on the company.

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    It depends on what it was, but, Yes, it all points to judgement.

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    Possibly - depends on the context and the nature of it. If someone did something that was obviously hate-based then yes, I think it's fair. If they, however, posted something basically unprofessional then no, not fair.

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    Depends what they did and how it affected work. I absolutely agree that transgressions away from work may carry real-world consequences.