Worker Axed Over Dilbert Zinger

'Drunken lemurs' not laughing, but worker wins benefits
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2007 2:50 PM CST
Dilbert creator Scott Adams said the sacking of casino worker Dave Steward was the first confirmed Dilbert-related firing he knew of, although he'd heard rumors of others.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – Bosses at the Catfish Bend Casino in Iowa suffered a sense of humor failure after a Dilbert cartoon referring to decision-makers as "drunken lemurs" appeared on a workplace bulletin board. They checked the security cameras to find the culprit and fired the employee who posted the strip, reports the Des Moines Register. 

The worker said he was just trying to cheer people up in the face of impending layoffs. But a casino boss told a judge at a state hearing: "We consider that misconduct when you insult your employer." The judge sided with the employee, ruling that he is eligible to collect unemployment benefits. Strip creator Scott Adams said this could be the first confirmed Dilbert-related firing.