Does Mozilla CEO Really Deserve To Lose His Job Simply For Exercising His First Amendment Right?

Earlier this week Brendan Eich was forced to step down as CEO of Mozilla due to pressure from the gay community and their supporters who were upset with him for donating $1,000 to support California’s Prop 8 initiative in 2008.

This is not the first time someone has been forced to resign or fired for their political beliefs. People often make inflammatory remarks — often in their personal lives, outside of work — that end up costing them their jobs. (Remember that Alec Baldwin guy?)

Eich’s resignation begs the question: Should he have to lose his job simply for exercising his freedom of speech? Does it even matter that he gave $1,000 to Prop 8 when, ultimately, that law was struck down and same-sex marriage became legal anyway? And what message does it send when the gay community —perhaps the most vocal advocates against bullying and discrimination — threaten and succeed at taking away someone’s livelihood just because they don’t agree with them?

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