Can You Be Fired For Being Racist?


In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, numerous instances have cropped up of “doxxing,” where individuals alleged to be white supremacists were publicly outed and shamed on social media for their participation in the event. Ultimately, many of these people ended up losing their jobs due to their suspected affiliation with white nationalists. As this is all unfolding, the question has arisen: can someone be fired for espousing a traditionally racist ideology? In other words, can an individual, while he is off-duty, wave a flag with a swastika and claim it as a protected political belief?

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Securing Your Workplace Rights

Massachusetts workers enjoy many protections under the Wage and Hour Act and Overtime Statutes (Mass General Laws Chapters 149 § 150 and c. 151, § 1A, respectively). The legislation, enacted in 2008 by Attorney General Martha Coakley, provides for mandatory treble damages, costs, attorney’s fees and interest for aggrieved employees who successfully bring suit against their employers.  The law provides that workers must be paid in a timely manner (to include accrued vacation time, which is treated the same as wages) weekly or bi-weekly, and that terminated workers must be paid all sums due and owing, in full, on the date of discharge. Continue reading “Securing Your Workplace Rights”