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I need help can you give me your opinion on this: You are the Vice-President of Customer Service.

You are watching the 11 pm news one evening when you see, Sheila, your Manager of Call Center Operations appear on television. She is wearing the uniform of a member of the KKK (Klu Klux Klan). She is being interviewed on television about her involvement with the Klu Klux Klan. Sheila talks about the activities of the KKK.

She even tells the interviewer that she is a "Manager" but does not mention the Company name. However, she states that in her opinion her "Company" is becoming "wicked" because they are hiring too many "non-whites" and people of "Jewish" heritage.

You are scheduled to give Sheila her performance appraisal the following morning at 9 am. She is scheduled to get a substantial raise and an overall rating of "exceptional".

It is now 9 am, the next morning and Sheila walks into your office for her performance appraisal.

What would you do?

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This is a tricky one. In 2006 a state trooper was fired for being a member of a KKK affiliated organization. The case has been back and forth arguing his First Amendment rights and he was wrongfully terminated.

Ih the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog site, Dan Slater (2008) quotes Stanford con law professor Derek Shaffer as saying: "There is First Amendment jurisprudence that entitles public employees to certain rights of speech and association. First you ask whether the employee's speech is speech on a matter of public concern...if that's the case, then the second step is to balance the employee's speech interest against the employer's interest in regulating the workplace" (Slater, 2008, para 5). The simple fact that the female ...

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A subordinate is seen on the news wearing a KKK uniform and making controversial comments. You have to give them a performance appraisal the next morning. What do you do?