Case Application 4-B: Off-the-Job Behaviors

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Your answer for EACH question must be within the range of 250 to 350 words (use MS Word’s "Word Count" feature on the "Review" tab to ensure that your answer is not too brief or too verbose). Be sure to answer each question fully, because you are subject to point deductions for incomplete answers. Use 1.5 line spacing. Also, please remember that you MUST use proper APA citations (please review APA format requirements in the Syllabus for all assignments). Also, do not rely too heavily on borrowed material. It should NOT dominate your work. Point deductions will occur if more than 15% of the answer is borrowed. I want to read YOUR thoughts on these questions. However, I do expect at least some citations and references for all assignments. …show more content…
Oiler sued the company for wrongfully terminating him on the basis of sex discrimination. He claimed that cross-dressing was nothing more than his “not conforming to gender stereotype as a man.” During the trial, records reinforced that there was not one shred of evidence that any of Oiler's out-of-work activities affected his ability to work. Nonetheless, the court ruled in Winn-Dixie's favor, citing that there are no federal or state laws that protect the rights of “transgendered” employees.
Although Winn-Dixie won at the trial, they experienced an aftermath that they were not expecting. Many co-workers rallied behind Oiler, wondering if the company could do this to him, what might they do next? Certainly people understood that a company can fire anyone for any legal reason, but how much latitude should a company have in defining a “legal” reason? Could they fire an employee who drinks alcohol outside of work, views an “inappropriate” movie, or visits adult Web sites? What if one is arrested? Does that result in an automatic termination? The answer is, it could—but there are consequences to this employer action. In such cases, companies have found that terminating an employee for outside-of-work activities brings negative publicity, lowers employee morale, and increases employee turnover.
Questions:
* 1. Do you believe Oiler's employee