The lack of news compels us to create some for you. Our long-time readers still remember the David Coppedge litigation. One of our last posts about it was six years ago: The David Coppedge Case: It’s Over.
Coppedge claimed he was wrongfully demoted and later fired by his employer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, because he was promoting Intelligent Design on the job. The Wikipedia write-up on Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a brief section on it — see Coppedge v Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
What brought that to mind was another court case involving allegedly obnoxious behavior in the workplace. There’s an article about it at the Fox News website: Flatulence in the workplace is not a form of bullying, Australian appeals court rules. We don’t need to tell you what happened in that case, because we know you’re going to read that story.
Now we have two workplace cases to think about. That doesn’t make us experts, but it gives us something to blog about. Coppedge got fired for creationist activities on the job — and for other reasons too, but creationism was a big part of it. The alleged misbehavior of the Australian, however, even if it happened multiple times a day as was claimed, wasn’t bullying or harassing the employee who complained about it.
So there you are. The Coppedge case teaches us that promoting creationism on the job can get you fired. Aggressive flatulence, on the other hand (so to speak), is no big deal — at least in Australia. We are pleased to bring you this information so that you know how to conduct yourselves.
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