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Can you get fired for that?
by Staff
You might think your handlebar mustache is the epitome of cool, but your boss at the frozen yogurt shop disagrees. Can you get fired for personal flair? And if so, what other kinds of seemingly innocent behavior can get you sacked?

You probably know that it's illegal for your boss to fire you over your race, religion, sex, or political affiliation, but what about your hairstyle? Could you get fired for getting a super-short haircut?

  • yes
  • no

Clothing choice is another subject of workplace contention. You probably know that you can be fired for wearing revealing or otherwise inappropriate clothes to the office, but what about clothes that support an unpopular sports team? Can you be fired for rooting for the enemy?

  • yes
  • no

According to U.S. Labor law, does your boss have to give you any kind of warning before firing you?

  • yes
  • no

Each workplace has its own unique set of employee policies. At Walmart, for example, employees who break the following rule are fired without exception.

  • no wearing shorts
  • no touching customers
  • no beards

True or False: Your boss has the right to dramatically change your job responsibilities, including moving you to a completely different position, and if you refuse, he or she can fire you.

  • true
  • false

If you wear a telephone headset as part of your job, and your phone calls are recorded for quality control, can your boss fire you for something you say to a co-worker between calls?

  • yes
  • no

Is your boss allowed to monitor your computer use to figure out how much time your computer sits idle and how much time you are actively using it?

  • yes
  • no

You probably know that any e-mails you send or receive from your work account can be monitored by your boss. But can you get fired for an e-mail you send from work using a personal Web-based account like Gmail or Yahoo!?

  • yes
  • no

In Brazil, it's very hard to fire someone and expensive to fire someone. Which of the following DOES NOT qualify as a legal reason for firing a Brazilian employee "with cause"?

  • missing 25 days of work without any explanation
  • posting pictures of your skimpy Carnival outfit on Facebook
  • being drunk at work

In the United States, federal sexual harassment law was established by Article VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In what year did both France and India pass their first comprehensive sexual harassment laws?

  • 1954
  • 1986
  • 2012

Workplace communication is a sensitive arena, especially when using e-mail. If you're not careful, people could misread a sarcastic joke as mean or subversive. Can you be fired for sending too many e-mails using ALL CAPS?

  • yes
  • no

Walking out on the job is certainly grounds for dismissal, but what if it's a life or death situation? Can you get fired for leaving your post even if you're trying to stop an armed robbery?

  • yes
  • no

Hard work is always rewarded, right? Can you get fired for being quiet, keeping your head down and just doing your work?

  • yes
  • no

Thank heavens for the delete key, right? Can your boss fire you for something you said in a work e-mail that you deleted from your inbox?

  • yes
  • no

You probably know that you can be fired for viewing pornographic Web sites on your computer at work. But can you be fired for using a work laptop to view pornographic material at home?

  • yes
  • no

Online social media networks like Facebook and Twitter are great for sharing opinions, pictures and videos with your friends, but can you get fired for personal content that you share on your Facebook or Twitter page?

  • yes
  • no

The U.K. has strong worker employee protection laws. Under British "whistleblower" laws, an employee cannot be fired for public disclosure of company secrets. Which of the following kind of company disclosure DOES NOT qualify for employee protection?

  • leaking that the company charges an unfairly high price for a product or service
  • admitting a criminal offense by the company
  • proving that the company inflicts damage on the environment

Facebook status updates often read like a chronicle of the mundane. "Watching the Steelers game." "Can't believe I lost my keys again." and the infamous, "Bored. Bored. Bored." Can you be fired for admitting on Facebook that you're bored at work?

  • yes
  • no

What if your boss is a truly horrible person -- a lazy, lying, obnoxious womanizer who spends his entire day tracking his fantasy football team. Can you get fired for going over his head to complain to upper management?

  • yes
  • no

Politics and religion are touchy subjects at the office. Can you get fired for openly sharing your religious beliefs with co-workers and customers, even handing out religious tracts and pamphlets?

  • yes
  • no