Reputation Insurance: Why Negotiating for Moral Reciprocity Should Emerge as a Much Needed Source of Protection for the Employee
[Excerpt] In March 2011 the Warner Brothers television studio made headlines when it terminated its employment contract with Charlie Sheen for the hit television show Two and A Half Men. Sheen was terminated after going on a public tirade that included several well-publicized drug binges as well as making allegedly anti-Semitic comments about the show’s executive producer Chuck Lorre. Sheen responded to the termination by suing both the studio and executive producer Chuck Lorre for $120 million claiming, among other things, that both parties had breached his employment contract. While the case settled out of court, one of the main defenses cited by Warner Brothers was the existence of a clause in Sheen’s contract that would allow for termination if he committed any act “which constitutes a felony offense involving moral turpitude under federal, state, or local laws, or if indicted or convicted of any such offense.” Warner Brothers claimed that Sheen had committed the equivalent of such a crime, pointing to Sheen’s open and public use of cocaine during this time period.
HR Review; Human Resources; reputation insurance; moral reciprocity; Two and a Half Men; Charlie Sheen; Chuck Lorre
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