Bil Browning

Ted Rall article

Filed By Bil Browning | May 12, 2005 9:52 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics

Ted Rall had a recent interesting article about politics affecting your job. Forty-five of the fifty states allow for workers to be fired based on their off-worksite political activities. Indiana is, of course, one of the states that allows discrimination. A snippet from the article reads:
"Liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, every American is entitled to his or her political opinions. But unless you're so wealthy that you can afford not to work, what good is the right to free speech if your employer can fire you for using it -- even after working hours? Our hodgepodge of conflicting state labor laws highlights the absurdity of the situation. Why can the leftover W'04 sticker on your car get you canned in Florida but not in California? How can the United States bring democracy to the Middle East while allowing American citizens to be fired for how they vote?"
Well, hell, Ted. Here in Indiana, you pretty much have the right to lose your job unless you're straight, white, Republican, fundamentalist Christian, middle-class or higher, and not disabled. And people like Ginny Cain and Brandt Hershman would like to keep it that way.

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