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I have no idea what kind of policies companies have regarding employees and social media. If your workplace has a policy I'd love to hear about it.

Rhonda Lee is a TV weather person on local Ch. 3. She got fired for violating their social media policy.

Apparently the station has a website where viewers can express their opinions. But they have a strict rule that station staff is not to respond to any comments. They want to avoid arguing with viewers.

Rhonda Lee responded and was warned to stop. She continued to respond and was fired. She is black and cuts her hair completely off. So, when comments come in from viewers like 'you should wear a wig' she gets mad and responds.

After the firing she took her case to national media. The NYT ran a story and CNN interviewed her with Soledad O'Brien.

It would be awkward to sue the station for wrongful termination because that's what she did in her last job with an Austin station and that lawsuit comes up in Jan.

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She violated company policy. Was warned about it and continued to violate the policy. Company had a right to fire her.





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Good writeup on Daily Kos. She does not have a case.





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Actions have consequences. If you repeatedly violate company policy you should be fired.





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Your thoughts?

Nothing to think about. Insubordination - gone, history.






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She has several angles she might try to work with:
a. the comments she posted to viewers were not rude.
b. she's a black female.
c. her bald head carries connotation of lesbian so she could make a claim of anti-gay bias.

I can't find out why the Austin station fired her.
She is certainly a competent weather person. Doesn't mispronounce words and goes at a nice quick clip. But it's not like competent weathermen are difficult to find.






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The company also has a few counters to those arguments.

A. She continued to violate policy after being warned.
B. See above.
C. See above.

Politeness, race, and sexual orientation should have no bearings on this case.




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The company also has a few counters to those arguments.

A. She continued to violate policy after being warned.
B. See above.
C. See above.

This many times over.

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I can't find out why the Austin station fired her.


She broke company policy, was warned to not break company policy further. She broke company policy further. Honestly, if they didn't fire her then, it would open a new world of trouble if there were future violations by her or anyone else.






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Sounds like she's trying to make a career of suing people and doing a damn fine job it. Even if she does this for the rest of her life and only wins 25% of the cases she'll still be better off than me.





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Apparently the station has a website where viewers can express their opinions. But they have a strict rule that station staff is not to respond to any comments. They want to avoid arguing with viewers.

Rhonda Lee responded and was warned to stop. She continued to respond and was fired. She is black and cuts her hair completely off. So, when comments come in from viewers like 'you should wear a wig' she gets mad and responds.


Everyone is human. When she responded, that was human. They did not fire her at that point. She was warned and she continued to violate the policy.

The comments were wrong. In my opinion, the station should have taken them down. They didn't. Failing that, they should have let her respond (and I haven't read her responses - were they respectful defenses of her position, or did she stoop to the level of the attacks?), in a calm measured way. They didn't. It's their station, their business and their "Facebook" (whatever that is).

So, is it B$? Yes. Did they have a right to fire her? Yes, for violation of policy after being warned. She could have resigned in protest after they warned her against responding.

A lot of wrong to go around, but - in a free society, we have to balance freedom of speech, obligation to follow reasonable (although disagreeable, in this case) company policy and regulations, right to defend oneself from attacks, etc.

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It would be awkward to sue the station for wrongful termination because that's what she did in her last job with an Austin station and that lawsuit comes up in Jan.


One never has to explain doing the right things all the time. If both suits are valid, should be no problem. If either or both are specious? Could be a problem.

The boy who cried wolf was right the last time, too. He didn't get any "less" eaten.






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Tell her







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She seems like an idiot. Already fired once for the the same thing.

But great thread, I would read this again for sure.






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How much is she asking for the in the law suits?





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Rhonda Lee responded and was warned to stop. She continued to respond and was fired.
Pretty simple really.






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How much is she asking for the in the law suits?

Only one lawsuit right now... Austin. She has taken her complaint against Shreveport to the court of public opinion with the NYT interview and the CNN interview.

BTW, I just turned on Channel 3 to see who her replacement is. It's a white male. With lots of hair on his head.






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Zach
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B T T ... Well, hell, now she is on Yahoo News.

LINK






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The guy commented on her short hair and the dunb arse asked if she was a cancer patient. She took the comment to be an affront to her African American hair. She over reacted IMO. Interesting that she was fired for the same thing in Austin. My black friends on Face Book were all in a tizzy about it last night.





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Yep, and BTW, that pick on Yahoo News is misleading. In it she has hair. I've seen her on TV. No hair. But we would not want to charge media bias. Because that does not exist.





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Yep, and BTW, that pick on Yahoo News is misleading. In it she has hair. I've seen her on TV. No hair. But we would not want to charge media bias. Because that does not exist.

This is an interesting case. My sister-in-law is a news anchor and she once got in trouble with her bosses for cutting her hair without getting prior permission for the new hairdo, but in her case, this was clearly spelled out in her contract. Can you or anyone else up there tell me if she had longer hair when she was hired, and cut it afterwards? If that's the case, I suspect that her hair is what this is really about, but since her hair wasn't addressed in her contract, they had to look for some other fine print as grounds to fire her. By the way, her station is being dishonest when they accuse her of repeatedly violating this policy after being warned since it only happened one time.

once =/= repeatedly






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Can you or anyone else up there tell me if she had longer hair when she was hired, and cut it afterwards?


I can tell you that on her first day in front of the camera she did not have hair. So, if she interviewed with hair, got the job and then shaved it off the next day that would be very unlikely.

Her weather report came on every morning when I'm jogging on the treadmill. Never heard any negative comments from fellow viewers. I didn't have a problem with her. Like I said, she talked fast and I prefer that.

But the workplace can have hidden issues. If she pissed someone off at her previous job in Texas it's possible that she pissed someone off in Shreveport and they built a case against her to get rid of her.

It's like marriage. If you get divorced, maybe your spouse was a POS. If you get divorced 5 times maybe you are the POS.







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