• An Irony Between War And The Workplace
  • August 25, 2010 | Author: Ronald W. Taylor
  • Law Firm: Venable LLP - Baltimore Office
  • The world of politics often illuminates the chasm between what we consider acceptable in our society as opposed to our workplaces. For example, in the workplace, it is generally illegal for most employers to inquire about, scrutinize, or take action against employees because of their religion. In the political arena, however, religious beliefs are widely publicized, closely scrutinized, and frequently the basis for differentiating candidates. Likewise, an employee’s age typically may not be considered in differentiating among employees, though age is often a concern in assessing a politician’s qualifications. The recent flap over the comments of General Stanley McChrystal regarding President Obama’s performance as Commander-in-Chief highlights another irony. Most people predicted, and accepted matter-of-factly, that General McChrystal would be fired from his position because of his criticism of his boss. This is ironic because so many employees believe that they can ignore or criticize their boss without fear of repercussion. More critically for employers, many supervisors apparently believe the same, and thus tolerate behavior and remarks far worse than what were attributed to General McChrystal.