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Cop Says Black Man Shot Her; Officials Say That Didn't Happen

Sherry Hall has been fired, and warrants have been issued for her arrest

(Newser) - A white Jackson police officer has been fired after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found she lied about being shot by an unidentified black man, AJC.com reports. Rookie cop Sherry Hall had only been on the job for three months when she was shot on Sept. 13. Calling in... More »

Trump's Kids Got Lewandowski Fired

Seems Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka were done with him

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have done the firing, but his adult children apparently led the charge. A senior Trump staffer tells New York that Trump's kids—Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka—launched the coup that resulted in Corey Lewandowski, Trump's campaign manager, getting the ax Monday morning . "Things... More »

Cop Fired for Shooting Naked, Unarmed Teen

David Joseph killed by Texas officer who says 17-year-old charged him on Feb. 8

(Newser) - Officer Geoffrey Freeman had a stun gun, pepper spray, a baton, and a beanbag gun at his fingertips when he confronted a 17-year-old running naked through the streets on Feb. 8, the New York Daily News reports. Instead, the Texas cop with 10 years on the Austin police force drew... More »

CEO Loses His Job After Kicking Puppy

Centerplate chairman apologizes for Des Hague's conduct

(Newser) - Facing anger on social media and a petitions against his company, the CEO who was caught on video kicking a puppy has now resigned, USA Today reports. "The decision comes as a result of [Desmond] Hague's personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care,"... More »

Elderly Veteran Loses Job for Giving Away Muffin

Cracker Barrel says it's his 5th time violating company policy

(Newser) - A 73-year-old Vietnam veteran has lost his job for giving a needy man a muffin—and says he doesn't regret his moment of charity, Fox News reports. Joe Koblenzer was working as a Cracker Barrel host in Venice, Fla., when a homeless-looking man came in asking for tartar sauce... More »

American Apparel Dumps Controversial CEO

Dov Charney will 'fight like hell to get his company back'

(Newser) - Controversial American Apparel CEO Dov Charney is getting the boot. After years of lawsuits and sexual harassment allegations, the Los Angeles Times reports that the company's board voted unanimously to terminate Charney yesterday, a decision that "grew out of an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct" after "new... More »

UPS Sacks 250 Drivers After 90-Minute Protest

Public advocate calls on company to alter decision

(Newser) - UPS drivers left work for 90 minutes to protest the firing of a colleague—and found themselves in hot water not long afterward, the company tells the New York Daily News . Twenty were fired Monday, while 230 were told they had their jobs only until replacements were trained. A rep... More »

Tennessee Titans Fire Head Coach

Mike Munchak had year left in contract

(Newser) - The Tennessee Titans have fired Mike Munchak after three seasons as head coach and 31 years combined with this franchise as a player and coach, the team has confirmed. General manager Ruston Webster says in a statement that the last week was a difficult time trying to figure out how... More »

Worker Helps Extinguish Fire ... and Gets Fired

Abandoned greeting job to extinguish van's flames

(Newser) - A Michigan man lost his job at retailer Meijer last month, and he tells UpNorthLive.com it's because he helped fight a fire. David Bowers says he put safety above company rules when he dropped his greeting duties and hurried to a reported van fire in the parking lot.... More »

China Fires Official—Over Piggyback Ride

Image sparked a firestorm on social media

(Newser) - A Chinese official has been fired for getting a piggyback ride over floodwaters, state Xinhua news agency reports. The local authority, referred to by his surname, Wang, was visiting flood victims in the city of Yuyao, Zhejiang province. He was wearing fancy shoes, and when he prepared to take them... More »

Town Votes to Give Gun-Lovin' Police Chief the Boot

Council announced yesterday, but Kessler's lawyer will request public hearing

(Newser) - A small-town Pennsylvania police chief's profanity-laced Internet tirades about the Second Amendment and liberals have earned him a measure of notoriety—and now, his bosses intend, a pink slip. Gilberton Borough Council members said last night they plan to fire Mark Kessler, nearly two months after voting to suspend... More »

AOL CEO Calls Public Firing an 'Emotional' Mistake

CEO forced to apologize after audio of firing is leaked online

(Newser) - AOL's local news network, Patch, is losing money, closing hundreds of websites, and laying off hundreds of employees, TechCrunch reports. But that is not its biggest problem right now. That honor goes to the dismissal of just one employee last week. In the middle of a meeting with Patch... More »

Mass Layoffs Backfired in JCPenney Overhaul

Slashing headcount wasn't one of Ron Johnson's better ideas

(Newser) - Of all the missteps that led to the plunge in sales at JCPenney and the exit of CEO Ron Johnson , the mass layoffs Johnson instigated may have been the most damaging, the Wall Street Journal reports. The firm's average 150,000 full- and part-time workers had been gutted to... More »

Griping About Work Online Is (Mostly) Protected

Employees have a right to band together, say recent rulings

(Newser) - Companies have been overstepping their authority by restricting workers' online comments, say federal officials who are moving to fix the issue. Labor regulators have deemed some firings over social-network discussions illegal, arguing that companies' rules regarding online speech are far too broad, the New York Times reports. A lot of... More »

Hostess Starts Firing People

About 3K will hold on to jobs for a few months

(Newser) - Yesterday a judge gave Hostess the OK to start winding down its operations, and the Twinkies maker isn't wasting any time. Bloomberg reports that the company has begun firing employees, with the CEO saying Hostess intended to fire 15,000 workers yesterday so their unemployment benefits could kick in.... More »

NY Emergency Management Boss Sacked Over Tree

...that Steven Kuhr had workers remove from his driveway during Sandy

(Newser) - The head of New York's state equivalent to FEMA has lost his $153,000 job over a downed tree. Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired Steven Kuhr after it emerged that Kuhr had reportedly sent workers to remove a tree from his driveway amid Hurricane Sandy, the New York Times reports.... More »

Disgruntled Banker Moons Bosses, Loses Millions

Court decides Bank of America was right to fire cheeky exec

(Newser) - Mooning his bosses at Bank of America was no doubt a satisfying moment for disgruntled banker Jason Selch—but it ended up costing him his job and $2 million. After his employer merged with Bank of America's Columbia Asset Management and fired a friend of his for refusing to... More »

Bank Fires Worker Over Minor Offense 49 Years Ago

Wells Fargo cans 68-year-old over use of phony dime in laundromat

(Newser) - In the past year and a half, the federal government enforced tough new rules against banks and mortgage-lenders, designed to eliminate executives and mid-level employees with prior convictions for serious offenses such as fraud. But the banks, eager to avoid the $1-million-a-day fines, are firing even low-level workers over minor... More »

Fired Hero Lifeguard Rejects Rehiring Offer

Tomas Lopez will stick to studies for now

(Newser) - The lifeguard sacked for saving a life outside his assigned area has been offered his job back—but he's not interested. Tomas Lopez, 21, "humbly declined" the offer, though he noted that "the company offered a real good apology." Lopez, a Broward College student, plans to... More »

Lifeguard Fired for Saving Drowning Man

6 others fired for saying they'd do the same

(Newser) - Florida lifeguard Tomas Lopez got fired this week for helping save a man whose life he wasn't being paid to guard. After being alerted to a man struggling in the water, the 21-year-old lifeguard ran out of his patrol zone to help the man. He helped other beachgoers pull... More »

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