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At Will Employees?

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In The Bleachers
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At Will Employees?

Post by In The Bleachers » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:10 am

Partly because of the Malcolm Maddox thing, I'm curious about terms of employment for TV anchors.
I believe it's been two or three years ago now, I seen Jay Towers on Fox2 say what basically sounded to me like:
"We are all at will employees here. They (implied management) can let us go anytime they want, no reason needed".

So to those who are more involved in the broadcast industry than me, how true may that be?
If they chose to, could Scripps of just told Maddox "See ya" after the first whiff of impropriety, without needing to justify it or prove it or get an outside investigator first?

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Re: At Will Employees?

Post by craig11152 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:26 am

I am not in the industry but in general "at will" employment is superseded by contracts. In some cases those are union contracts in others individual contracts. I would think a news anchor would have a contract (and an agent?)
I'm no lawyer but I think in some cases an employee handbook can qualify as a contract.

Edit: I've heard it said that the smartest thing a Michigan employer can do when they fire somebody is not give a reason. Short of a contract of some sort that is where the "at will" thing comes in to play. You don't need a reason so don't give one. Because if you give the wrong reason you could open yourself up to liability.

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Re: At Will Employees?

Post by Big Signal » Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:01 pm

One of the famous lines used by broadcast employers and managers is, "we've decided to go in a different direction" and then you are escorted out the door because you are not in their plans of that so called "different direction".

It's all about the money!

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Re: At Will Employees?

Post by The Sage » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:47 pm

I've used "you're the right person for the wrong job" and " things just aren't working out."

Who wants to hear that they're losing their job and they suck?

"Actually that's kind of the problem with Radio, for every real legend, you get about fifteen tired old gasbags who stick around too long."

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