Work not the place for politics
In last week’s Independent, Richard Desmarais wrote that his first amendment rights are under attack. It amazed me that he hides behind the first amendment to justify an inappropriate comment in a work setting. To me, it should be common sense that, when employed by a national chain store, that type of “on the job behavior” is unacceptable. He should immediately seek other employment in a work setting that allows political discussion.
I doubt Senior Chief Petty Officer Desmarais called a meeting with the sailors he supervised to discuss the mission and their political views, with the knowledge that views unfavorable to him could negatively impact the sailor’s performance evaluation.
Would it be acceptable for him in a Deputy Sheriff position to call Dispatch stating the following: “This is 986 (a fictitious call number for him) stopping a red Dodge (license number provided) for defective equipment – no left tail light.”
(Next call to Dispatch): “I issued the driver a citation for defective equipment because he didn’t agree with my political views discussed during the traffic stop.”