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Can a private ‘moral’ issue be the basis for terminating an employee?

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Q. Our church day care center hired a woman who—we later found out—was living with a man who was married to someone else. Our director had a moral problem with this situation and terminated her. I think the termination was illegal. Was it?

A. The termination is not illegal. However, any employer making a decision to terminate an employee must be mindful of state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination and must be certain that policies and practices are applied consistently to all employees, regardless of race, religion, gender, etc.

It may not be illegal to fire someone for this reason, but you should consider the employee-relations issue that may result from making employment decisions based on employees’ personal lives.

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