The Daily Rail: Can You Fire an Employee If They’re a Neo-Nazi?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


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Why it matters to you: What do your staff’s political opinions mean outside of work?

Does the behavior of your staff outside of work impact how you perceive them as an employee? Maybe or maybe not. However, if you have been watching the political landscape lately, you may have heard of employers parting ways with staff participating in a neo-Nazi, KKK or white supremacists activity. There are multiple stories about operators firing team members for expressing their 1st Amendment right to speech away from work. The question is, does the operator have the right? The answer is it depends on what state you are in and if they have any free speech laws related to employment.

For example, states like California, Colorado, North Dakota and New York all have laws that preclude you from terminating an employee for their off-duty conduct. We live in a politically charged environment and that means we have to manage it. First, find out what your state laws are with regard to terminating an employee for off-duty behavior, and then post your own policy so your team knows the rules. You can dictate (with some limitations) that they don’t engage in their own politics while working, so be sure to include that in your policy to ensure your team knows what is and is not acceptable.



Why it matters to you: Many female bartenders feel they are tipped more if they remove their wedding rings.

Being a female bartender certainly has its challenges. Often, many female (and male) bartenders are the object of unwanted attention which can make their jobs fairly uncomfortable. Sometimes minor actions can be analyzed from the perspective of the guest to affect how they tip. In an article from Food & Wine magazine called “Do Bartenders Make More Money When They Take Off Their Wedding Rings?”, women explain that wearing their wedding rings often lessens the amount of tips they receive on a given night. One bartender describes the pressure on women to appear single and flirtatious because it translates into better tips.

The restaurant industry has long struggled with workplace harassment from both customers and staff, but is rarely discussed in depth. The most common trend revealed in the article wasn’t women bartenders hiding their marital status, but rather consciously avoiding behavior that could be perceived as flirtatious, even if it meant fewer tips.

Unfortunately, there is little we can do to prevent the situation based on the interactional nature of the job. Bartenders are required to be socially friendly, and how it’s perceived is not under our control. However, the situation is viewed differently depending on the establishment and the person. One bartender quotes, “The ring is a symbol to other women that I am not trying to steal their man,” she said. “I am just doing my job.”