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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Action Taken Against Lawyer Who Sent Email


Regardless of profession, it's important to always remain professional...even if you disagree with a court ruling, a law, or someone's lifestyle. Walter Kubitz, a senior attorney for Becker & Poliakoff was the recipient of "immediate and severe" action because of an email that he sent to firm employees. The email expressed his personal disagreement with same sex marriage.

The email stated that US District Judge Robert Hinkle's decision that the ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional. Kubitz stated that "there is not a shred of historical evidence that either of those clauses was ever intended to legitimize homosexuality." He also quoted Bible verses in his email.

It is important in any profession that we are careful to observe how we word our responses. In this particular instance, a simple response about how Kubitz believed that the federal court's decision violated state rights would have been sufficient to express his disagreement.

We must also be very careful in how we express our faith in the workplace. We are welcome to have our religious beliefs. However, unless a person is employed by a religious institution then they should probably leave religious overtones out of their emails.

Would you be upset to receive an email, even if it were unintentionally sent to you, if it were full of religious text and disagreed with something pertaining to your job? Let us know.

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