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    Why I’m not cheering the termination of Vante’s CFO for his anti-Chick-fil-A political stunt

    Why I’m not cheering the termination of Vante’s CFO for his anti-Chick-fil-A political stunt

    A number of readers have alerted me to this video, which originally was posted on YouTube by Adam Smith, the Chief Financial Officer of medical products maker Vante (via Gateway Pundit):

    Why pick on a drive-through window clerk?  The video seemed to capture in minutes the entire bullying methodology of the left.

    Needless to say, the reaction has been substantial.

    Now the person in the film, Adam Smith, has lost his job (unclear if he resigned or was fired, but clear what the cause was)(h/t reader John):

    TUCSON, AZ–(Marketwire – Aug 2, 2012) –  The following is a statement from Vante:

    Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A. Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.

    The actions of Mr. Smith do not reflect our corporate values in any manner. Vante is an equal opportunity company with a diverse workforce, which holds diverse opinions. We respect the right of our employees and all Americans to hold and express their personal opinions, however, we also expect our company officers to behave in a manner commensurate with their position and in a respectful fashion that conveys these values of civility with others.

    We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith’s actions against Vante and its employees.

    I just can’t cheer.  Yes, he brought it on himself.

    But aren’t many of the arguments you can make in favor of the termination just variations on the arguments used against conservatives all the time?  Where to draw the line certainly is a problem.

    Or am I just drawing a false moral equivalence?


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    Here’s a good reason for firing Smith, whether or not he has a right to post this video:

    He has disqualified himself as a manager (much less a *senior* manager) at this company. Anyone who holds different views from Smith — or *thinks* Smith holds different views — is now fearful of working for Smith or with Smith, now or in the future. Anyone who was fired by Smith in the past now has a tort case for improper dismissal, and Smith (and the company) are ripe targets for improper dismissal cases in the future.

    In sum, it would be evidence of discrimination and/or negligence if Smith’s employer did *NOT* fire him.

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