Job Wars

A fellow is fired over a joke about a minority group (vegans) made in private.

No, it’s not going to happen to us. Our farting jokes from 40 years ago and our quips about poor oppressed vegans will never be used against us to squeeze us out of jobs. Because we are good people. This only happens to bad folks.


7 thoughts on “Job Wars”

  1. I know you liked Spiked, but it’s not a reliable source. They like to distort facts and misrepresent evidence. If you follow their links, you will find this was not, as the magazine claims, a joke made in private, but an email sent as part of this person’s profession — he was responding to a pitch sent to him as part of his editorial duties.

    This would be like you responding to a student. Though in one sense that is “private,” it is not at all private in the same way an email sent to, say, your sister or your husband would be.

    He attacked a client, in a pretty mean-spirited way. If this was not his first offense (and something tells me it wasn’t), then I’m not surprised he has been fired.


    1. So I should be fired if I make a joke about vegans to students?

      Are you sure you never made a joke that somebody somewhere might decide to find offensive? Completely sure? Because you seem to support the idea of firing people because they make jokes somebody didn’t like.


      1. This guy’s job was as an editor of a food magazine and he responded to a potential pitch in a personal, mean-spirited and unprofessional way. I think firing him was a bit over the top, but I would certainly expect to be disciplined in some way for behaving like that in a professional capacity. I don’t think it is the same as making a joke about vegans to your students. (Although I do think that would be a bit unprofessional too.)


  2. “Vegans” a minority? Hey, I’m an eccentric, an oddball. How about I claim a “minority status” for myself?

    Personally I found his joke to be quite insipid, sophomoric, and moronic myself. Nonetheless the ethos of “freedom of speech/expression” should denote an unconditional acceptance of any kind of viewpoint/statement (whether serious or made in jest). If you don’t like it, you don’t have to read it, view it, or listen to it. Pretty simple formula there.


    1. Being rude to a client is grounds for discipline, I would think. It’s not an issue of “freedom of expression” – he has not been sent to prison, just fired, which is entirely within his employer’s rights.


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