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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas. There, I said it...

I was just reading an article about a Florida woman who was fired from her job for saying "Merry Christmas." It occurred to me that this is a sign of how truly screwed up our values have become. You can read the article here.

Since it's Christmas Eve, I figured I would take a moment to comment here on my blog about this article. I think that it's just stupid for a company to mandate that their employees say "Happy Holidays," instead of "Merry Christmas." In attempting not to seem biased to their customers, they are in fact discriminating against their own employee. The company spokesperson claims that the employee was not fired for this, however; my experience as a Human Resources manager tells me that she probably was. The company will never admit this for the reason I stated above. They probably wrapped it in some sort of insubordination claim and sent her on her way.

I post this not to bring you down on Christmas Eve, but to give you all a chance to post a comment here and weigh in on the discussion. Do you think employees should be discouraged from saying, "Merry Christmas," "Happy Hanukkah," "Happy Kwanzaa," or any other statement that expresses their personal beliefs around the holidays? Let me know here and don't be afraid to say, "Merry Christmas" while you're at it...

Until next time...

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