Bumper Sticker Termination

A San Diego County woman is suing her former employer, accusing her manager of firing her on the spot when she saw the woman's car had a bumper sticker advertising a progressive talk radio station. The station, KLSD is part of the Air America Progressive Talk Radio network. The suit alleges that, after seeing the sticker, the employer commented that the woman, Linda Laroca, could be a member of al-Qaida. She was then fired.Note number 1: In many states, this termination would be absolutely legal in the private employment context. Very few states forbid discrimination based on political affiliation. However, this incident occurred in California, and the California labor code prohibits employers from controlling or directing the political activities of employees.Note number 2: How does a California staff its operations if it bans liberals? (OK, that was a question more than a note).Note number 3: KLSD, the station in question, is owned by Clear Channel, the largest owner of radio stations in this country and a very strong contributor to conservative candidates. Thus, listeners like Ms. Laroca who support and therefore make money for KLSD, actually indirectly support many conservative candidates around the country. So an argument could be made that this employer's alleged illegal firing actually hurt the very causes it apparently would like to support. (Too much of a stretch? Well, maybe. But it's Friday so who cares.)Note number 4: Isn't all the press coverage this story is generating made even worse by the fact that this is a marketing company?Have a good weekend everybody.

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