Firm fires four workers over fantasy football

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  1. GekiDan

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    Cameron Pettigrew called himself the "Fidelity Man."

    Working as a relationship manager in the private client group at Fidelity Investments’ Westlake office, Pettigrew says he looked forward to work every day. He even remembers telling co-workers and friends that he planned to retire someday from Fidelity, the country’s biggest mutual fund sponsor and one of the world’s largest providers of financial services.

    But that isn’t going to happen. Pettigrew and three other Fidelity employees were fired for playing fantasy football.

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    The moral lesson: If you are on work, only do your work. Do not do anything that's not suitable for work like playing online games, surfing the net, and watching videos.
     
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    I'm sure it has been mentioned to them prior to the sack. I think the moral is more "Work time is for work, Break time is for breaks".
     
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    It's difficult to know if this was a fair decision or not, without knowing the full facts behind the case. If they were playing FF continuously when they should have been working then it would be difficult to have sympathy for them. However, if it was a once off incident that didn't take them away from their work for long, then it would be hard to justify the company's decision.

    The company probably took their decision seriously and if the four employees were positive contributors to the business, they most probably would not have been fired. They were being paid to work and do their job, and evidentially they were not doing that for at least some of the time for which they were being paid.
     
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    That's true Fergal. They might just give them a little bit of warning and if th company caught them again, then that's the time they will fire them. Still, what dotDavid said is true.
     
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    Yeah right. Because you are paid to do the job and not being paid to just surf and play online games.
     

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