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QB Storms Off Field, Legal Blogger Responds

Here at Legal Blog Watch, the Rules of Procedure dictate that we can, essentially, write about anything we want. For that, I will undoubtedly be giving thanks tomorrow.

Some other legal blogs, however, don't have such forgiving rules it seems. Bloggers who ply their trade on such sites sometimes work extraordinarily hard to tie something they feel like writing about to the "approved" topics. This is entertaining to me. So I thought I'd share with you my favorite recent example.

Tenessee Titans quarterback Vince Young's "meltdown," after being pulled from Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins, is big news to sports fans. It's being talked about on lots of sports blogs. But Jason Beahm doesn't write for a sports blog. He writes for FindLaw's Small Business Law Blog, "Free Enterprise."

Thus was born Beahm's post yesterday entitled "Can You Fire Employee for Throwing a Tantrum?" Here's Beahm's answer as related to the non-sports world:

Well, absent a specific employment contract, they can be fired at will. That means that shouting at people and storming out of a meeting is a fireable offense. Wearing a paisley tie could be as well. That's because at will employment allows a company to terminate employment for no cause. The only caveat being that the basis of termination cannot be illegal under federal or state law. In addition, an employee is also free to leave the company for reason or no reason all.

Then he goes back to pontificating on football. This is the thriving blawgosphere. Embrace it.


Posted by Eric Lipman on November 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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