Should companies be able to fire employees for being in an adulterous relationship?

Posted by: Diqiucun_Cunmin

A response to http://www.debate.org/polls/should-companies-be-able-to-fire-employees-for-having-abortions.

  • Yes

  • No

28% 5 votes
72% 13 votes
  • The purpose of this poll was to check if the voters are consistent. If you choose Yes in this poll but No in the abortion poll, then I'm afraid you're inconsistent, and chose 'no' in the other poll because of your feelings towards abortion. Adultery shows that the employee has a horrible moral character, which is grounds for firing. Now, I have not made up my mind on abortion, but there are those who say it is immoral, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with firing an employee for doing something immoral.

  • For the last time employers can hire who they want

  • Like I said alot , any reason is a good enough reason. It's bad buisness, but this is a good reason. It's disgusting to commit adultery. Furthermore, the people aren't trustworthy

  • If it doesn't effect work ethics, it shouldn't matter.

    Posted by: reece
  • of course not...it's got nothing to do with work performance. plus simply put it's not their business!

  • Why is a person's marital problems associated with his work ethic?

  • Nothing to do with their job. If the problem leads to a serious problem at work than yes but no you cant fire them just for adultery its their oersonal lives the boss shouldnt even know or care.

    Posted by: Stefy
  • No. At-will employment needs a serous overhaul. At-will would be perfect is jobs were easy to find. Given that companies outsourced, and financial firms, banks mostly, cuased the last recession, they should be made accountable for their errors, and be taken away the priviledge of being picky and snobbish about who they wish to fire based on provate aspects of employees' lives.

    Posted by: Ezk
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Krampus says2015-04-23T12:43:00.6788513-05:00
It depends. What if the adulterous relationship was with another co-worker? Or the boss's spouse? That would prove unfavorably in the work ethic aspect of an employee.
reece says2015-04-23T12:45:36.6954514-05:00
The questions ambiguous. It's up to you.
Diqiucun_Cunmin says2015-04-23T12:55:02.6358792-05:00
Just a little note, the question is whether companies should _be able to_ fire them, not whether they should fire them. Personally, if I were an employer, I'd certainly fire or at least demote an employee who is found to be guilty of adultery, regardless of who the other party was.
reece says2015-04-23T13:01:48.0041323-05:00
@Diqiucun_Cunmin why? What if their swingers? Are you going to force your personal morality upon them?
briantheliberal says2015-04-23T15:12:57.5405195-05:00
Seriously, people need to stop including their own personal biases in workplace and business practices. Someone committing adultery shouldn't be fired unless it somehow interferes with their work.
Diqiucun_Cunmin says2015-04-23T19:15:39.4023390-05:00
@briantheliberal: This isn't a personal bias. Can adultery be accepted by any system of ethics and morality at all?
Diqiucun_Cunmin says2015-04-23T19:16:36.8802132-05:00
@reece: It's not a case of 'forcing personal morality'. Someone who practises swinging or adultery has poor moral character, and their lack of commitment to their partner shows that they likely won't be loyal to the company, either.
Diqiucun_Cunmin says2015-04-23T19:30:34.7589046-05:00
Apparently this didn't work out... Okay, how about the time a banker was fired when it was found out that she was actually a prostitute by night? That happened just a few weeks ago. Keep in mind, this was in the Netherlands, where prostitution was legal. Did the bank force morality upon that member of their management by firing her?
briantheliberal says2015-04-23T19:59:35.1074546-05:00
If a person committing adultery doesn't interfere with their ability to work efficiently, then I don't see the point in firing them for it aside from one's personal bias against people who commit adultery.
CyberConor says2015-04-23T20:25:25.0311223-05:00
@braintheliberal, I agree, doesn't mean it shouldn't be legal... After all, who's buisness is it? The Boss or the worker.
reece says2015-04-23T22:19:24.7632341-05:00
@Diqiucun_Cunmin you do know swingers often have very strong relationships with each other. Anyway, firing them because of their personal lives is no better than How Indiana is trying to pass a law to let shop owners discriminate against costumers as long as it goes their religion.
reece says2015-04-23T22:20:56.5386224-05:00
...Abides their religion.*
Diqiucun_Cunmin says2015-04-24T04:44:14.4990693-05:00
@briantheliberal: As I said, adultery reflects badly on the moral character of the employee. Ability isn't the only factor that has to be taken in account when it comes to employment. Moral character should be one of the factors which determine whether someone is worth employing. Sima Guang classified people into four categories according to talent and virtue, and said that people with great talent but not virtue are the most dangerous and should not be used.
Diqiucun_Cunmin says2015-04-24T04:45:46.6050642-05:00
@reece: It is different because discriminating based on sexual orientation (something people cannot control) and discriminating based on their actions (something people *can* control) are two different things. Strong relationship with their partner or not, cheating is cheating and this kind of 'systematic adultery' reflects very poorly upon that employee's moral character.
reece says2015-04-24T15:12:56.1554877-05:00
@Diqiucun_Cunmin it isn't different because when you're arguing with someone that isn't educated over sexual orientation and/or them not knowing when to leave their personal problems out of the workplace... It's kinda like playing Chess with a pigeon; no matter how good I am at chess, the pigeon is just going to knock over the pieces, crap on the board, and strut around like it's victorious. It isn't cheating when both partners are into it.

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