If you work for Glenn Beck and prefer to recycle/compost your office spoons, you can show yourself to the door. The same goes for the wayward souls who think energy-efficient CFL bulbs would be a sensible office purchase. Or anyone who hauls the recycling to the curb in a recyclable cardboard bin.
Fired, fired, fired. Glenn Beck cares deeply about not recycling.
The “love him or hate him” political commentator who hosts the Glenn Beck Radio Program recently ordered the distribution of a memo to all studio employees addressing the pressing issues of Office Spoon Material and Shape Of Light Bulbs.
The policy seems to endorse some kind of environmentalist/global-warming-believer witch hunt within the workplace. He’s taking issue not so much with what they’re doing, but why they’re doing it. In the clip, Beck goes on to list the only acceptable reasons why an employee of Mercury Radio Arts might buy an energy-efficient bulb:
I fire the person that … starts to purchase fluorescent light bulbs, unless that is the only light bulb for a very specific reason and I want to be CC’d on what that reason is.
Never mind that, compared to an incandescent bulb, each compact fluorescent bulb saves $92 over its lifespan. (Maybe he's afraid his studio won't be around long enough for the bulbs to pay off). And he follows it up with the only reason he would allow recycling:
If you want to do it because you love trees, I understand. You don’t want to cut all the trees? I get it. You want to make sure that we recycle and… and work together blah-dee-blah-dee-blah-dee – got it. But if anyone does anything in this company because of global warming, they’re fired.
It seems doubtful that anyone truly sympathetic to the fight against global warming would remain in Beck’s midst by choice. (Or, for that matter, seek out a job at his production company to begin with. I mean, there are jobs everywhere from University campuses to small businesses that exist solely to coordinate sustainability).
I can't help but wonder how this policy would play out in the four U.S. states (Louisiana, South Carolina, Connecticut, and California) where employees have the right to express their political views at the office without fear of reprisal. Though I never imagined buying CFL bulbs would fall under the category of “political,” what if your boss treated it as such an issue? I'm guessing that the residents of these four states would be allowed to express their disdain and disagreement... but wouldn't actually have any legal recourse for their "politically" guided actions.
My guess is that it would be yet another example of unfair (but not legally wrongful) termination, like the following:
- A New Zealand woman was fired for sending emails in red font and all caps
- A waitress who shaved her head for cancer solidarity was fired for her appearance
- A McDonald's worker was fired for putting an extra slice of cheese on a hamburger for her coworker
- A Florida restaurant worker was fired after leaving his post to save a carjacking victim
- A 120-lb, 5’10’’ model was allegedly fired from Ralph Lauren for being too fat.
- A Texas high school basketball coach was fired for not apologizing after his team beat their opponents 100-0.
- A group of 14 law firm employees were fired for wearing orange shirts on payday.
- A hospital cleaner was fired for wearing too much makeup, although she wore the same amount to her interview.
- A digital strategies manager at a New York nonprofit was fired for participating in an out-of-state wedding.
- Being too attractive was the culprit in two cases: 1) In Iowa, a dentist fired an attractive female hygienist because of the temptation to cheat, and 2) A lingerie worker was fired by her Orthodox Jewish bosses for her busty physique and form fitting clothing.
- A yoga instructor on the Facebook campus was fired after issuing a disapproving glare at a student who was texting -- despite a no cell phone rule.
- A car salesman in Chicago was fired for wearing a Packers tie.
- A waitress was fired for not getting an abortion after becoming pregnant by her 17-year-old boss.
- A Walmart worker who was shoved by a Black Friday shopper was fired for grabbing her sweater to regain balance.
- A Delta flight attendant was fired for blogging about her job.
- 14 California lifeguards were fired for making a video parody of Gangnam Style in their off time.
- A Wells Fargo employee was fired for using a fake dime to operate a laundromat washing machine... 50 years ago.