A couple weeks ago, I learned about the reporter in Houston who was fired from her employer after they learned she was a stripper during the weekly People Chat on Twitter.
Whenever I hear these kind of salacious, messy workplace stories, I feel total sympathy and empathy for the poor HR person who has to deal with this mess. Because there is liability no matter what you do. You can mitigate it — but you can rarely ever erase it, solve it or fix it.
I have to admit that I can definitely understand how the HR person in this case reached the decision to terminate the exotic dancing reporter. I think the decision’s ability to withstand legal scrutiny hinges on 3 things:
For the record, I’m not saying the newspaper shouldn’t have hired this woman just because she was an exotic dancer. From the information that’s been given about her experience and education, it sounds like she was definitely qualified for the position. And she says her supervisors told her that she was doing a good job for the couple months she worked there … but her active work as an exotic dancer was something she should have disclosed.
Still, I am glad I’m not that newspaper’s HR person. Cuz this case is going to take a lot of time and resources and negative attention before it is all sorted out. I wouldn’t want to touch it with a 10-foot pole. Especially a pole with a stripper on it.