KPTV – FOX 12
In the wake of the Michael Brown decision, areas of the country have been in a state of unrest. People have held protests, rioted, and some have taken to social media. One company took issue with an employee’s inflammatory Facebook post and fired him.
Nordstrom took action after a post from one of their Portland, Oregon employees went viral. Aaron L. Hodges, employee of the downtown location, spoke out on Facebook by saying, “Every time an unarmed black man is killed, you kill a decorated white officer on his door step in front of his family.”
After being shared by @lilglockgal on Twitter, the post gained momentum quickly. People started complaining to Nordstrom on every social media outlet, demanding that Hodges be fired.
Almost immediately, Nordstrom assured people that they were addressing the situation. Three days later, they apologized for the delay and informed everyone that Hodges had been fired.
“We don’t tolerate violence or threats of any kind.”
“What our former employee chose to post from his personal account does not in any way reflect our views as a company,” said Tara Darrow, a Nordstrom corporate affairs spokeswoman. “We do not tolerate violence, violent conversation or threats of any kind.”
In response to his termination, Aaron Hodges told Fox 12 his comment was not meant to be taken literally, but he does understand why Nordstrom fired him. He knew his comment was outrageous. He wanted to make people realize that all lives deserve respect, not just people who automatically get respect in our society. He regrets his outburst now, since he loved his job.
While one can understand how emotional this subject may be, a statement like the one Hodges made can hardly be construed as anything but violent and inciting.
Do you think Nordstrom handled this the right way? Should companies be able to fire someone for something they did while they were off the job?
Courtesy of Mad World News