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What you do in your free time is not your business

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 11, 2017

Time and again, situations arise in the public eye that should serve as a warning to all employees, especially senior executives. One of those warnings: What you do (and say) in your free time is not always your business.

One recent example occurred last week, when television broadcasting company CBS fired its then-senior legal executive, Hayley Geftman-Gold, after she commented on Facebook in response to the Las Vegas massacre that she is “actually not even sympathetic [because] country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” Geftman-Gold later apologized for what she said was an “indefensible post,” but not before CBS fired her for violating the company’s standards.

Geftman-Gold’s firing was the second incident in less than a week in which a senior executive made headlines, and was consequently punished, for inappropriate behavior. In the second incident, KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger was caught on an audio recording spewing a... To get the full story, subscribe now.