posted on May, 31 2018 @ 09:23 AM
a reply to: intrepid
Not every contract is enforceable, though. For example, could your employer require you to avoid certain movies on your own time? Avoid certain
restaurants? Could your employer demand that you avoid certain people? how about if all those people you had to avoid were of a certain race?
I personally have a problem with any contract that states what I can and cannot do on my own time. I can see exceptions in a few certain
circumstances, but those circumstances would likely vary from individual to individual. My viewpoint is simply that if I am not being paid, my time
belongs to me and I can do whatever I want with it as long as what I do does not directly impact my employer negatively.
The question then becomes, does Roseanne Barr's tweet directly and negatively affect her employer? I would say no as long as it does not affect
ratings or majorly affect advertisers (and thus revenue). There was no effect on either, because there was no time for an effect to be discovered. I
would be much more sympathetic toward ABC had they waited a couple weeks and reported that, due to either a substantial ratings drop or a loss of
advertising revenue, the show would be dropped. That would be a direct and negative effect.
As to the NFL, the opposite is true. The protests directly and negatively affected the NFL via poorer attendance/ratings and decreased ticket sales.
Yet, the NFL chose to ignore these direct and negative effects, despite the players' protests happening during their paid time. Either employer is
well within their right to make their decisions, but their decisions were obviously based on personal political positions and not on any reasonable
I think that is the reason for the additional uproar against Roseanne's cancellation. When employers begin to make hire-and-fire decisions against
employees based purely on political positions, it becomes a matter of morality rather than of legality. Personally? I would have quit ABC cold, any
contract be damned, minutes after learning about the cancellation. I will not accept anyone's control over my life outside of the time I have agreed
to sell them. I will be no one's slave.
Your mileage may vary.