Friday, February 22, 2013

WIRTW #262 (the “what would you do” edition)

By now you’ve probably heard about the man who slapped crying toddler on an airplane after dropping an n-bomb on the child. In addition to facing criminal charges, the accused slapper, Joe Rickey Hundley, is out of a job. Prior to the incident, he worked as an executive for AGC Aerospace & Defense. Within days of the story going viral, AGC fired Hundley, and issued a statement by its CEO decrying Hundley’s behavior as “embarrassing” and “not in any way reflect[ing] the patriotic character of the men and women of diverse backgrounds who work tirelessly in our business.” (side note: would anyone have thought that the company was in favor of n-bombs and baby slapping if it did not issue a public statement?)

Here’s my question for you, dear readers. If Hundley worked for you, would you have fired him? Did Joe Rickey Hundley deserve to lose his job?

Answer in the comments below, or tweet me @jonhyman.

Here’s the rest of what I read this week:


Social Media & Workplace Technology

HR & Employee Relations

Wage & Hour

Labor Relations