posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 11:34 AM
reply to post by reluctantpawn
It is totally within their rights to enforce these types of restrictions. We do (supposedly) have the right of free association and should they wish
to eliminate guns and free expression of religion from their work place I have no problem with them doing that. I would encourage them to do
Free expression is limited in most workplaces. You may have the right to complain about the company or talk openly about how their services or
products suck, but the employer does not have to put up with that and should not have to. they have the right to limit your free speach. Same with
talking openly about management or clients.
Free expression goes both ways. You want to have free expression of display of religion in the work place? Fine, then you obviously don't have a
problem with cartoons of Jesus or a crucifix in a jar of urine either. It has to go both ways.
Like it or not, both fall under the category of what amounts in employment law as a hostile workplace. Display of religous items can create an
atmosphere where folks feel uncomfortable. Everyone displaying Christian icons in their cubes/offices could reasonably make a Jew feel that he is on
the outside and is not going to be treated fairly. Now that may not be the case, but should the Jewish person not receive a promotion, he can sue
and he will win.
As far as the weapons, they have no place in a work place, period. The employer can not guarantee that they are properly secured and face it, we
have all worked with unstable people. I doubt that you are one nor do I think it likely that you would improperly secure a weapon, but believe me, I
have worked with and have managed people that you would in no way want to have a weapon in the workplace.
It boils down to allowing some folks to have them and others not to. Get rid of the person who is a bit unstable? Easier to say than to do should
the person reach out to a doctor and lawyer and claim that he suffers from some disorder which the courts will treat as a disability that requires
reasonable accomodation. You can't fire someone because they are bipolar for example or has an anger management issue. They may be able to
contain their disorder with medication, but do you really want to have someone in the workplace with an anger issue to have a weapon?
If you don't like it, get a different job.