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Is it possible to get fired from a government job???

 
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04/12/2011 10:14 PM
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Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
Because a guy said in another thread that someone he knew was fired for looking at porn e-mails by accident on a government computer. I'm calling BS because EVERYONE knows you can't get fired from a government job unless you literally burn the building down. Please, don't insult my intelligence.
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04/12/2011 10:15 PM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
not only do you get fired but you mess up you go to prison.
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04/12/2011 10:16 PM
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Yes
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04/12/2011 10:17 PM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
Yes you can get fired and if the offense is bad enough have criminal charges brought against you. I have worked for Federal, State and City government. People do get fired, I have watched it in action.
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04/12/2011 10:17 PM
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It depends on the Job. In places where they higher in mass they will kick your ass out on the street at a moments notice and then replace you like a stick of used up bubble gum.

At other places though where its just a few people for a special task they are typically much more reserved with who they higher and fire.
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04/12/2011 10:18 PM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
I worked 14 years for a State Department of Health Services. Unionized of course. Four day work week. Growth potential.

I left because I moved out of state. Boy do I ever regret that move.

We all joked that it would take an act of Congress to fire a State Employee.

I think times have changed though. I left that job in 1991.
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04/12/2011 10:22 PM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
You absolutely CAN be fired from a gov't. job for viewing porn on a gov't. computer, although I would be surprised if they fired someone for "accidental" viewing, ie if you just clicked on a link, saw something inappropriate, and left that website immediately. I know of someone fired from state of Calif who was xeroxing some really gross porn at work, got caught, BUH BYE!

There are a number of things that will get you fired from a gov job, including also: bringing a gun to work (yikes), gross insubordination, violence, sexual harassment, physical assault, inability to perform the duties of the job even with reasonable accommodations.

In some cases, there is a period of warnings and disciplinary steps that are taken but they can also fire you on the spot for some things, call the cops and have you escorted off the property. "Here's your hat, what's your hurry," lol.
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04/12/2011 10:23 PM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
I worked 14 years for a State Department of Health Services. Unionized of course. Four day work week. Growth potential.

I left because I moved out of state. Boy do I ever regret that move.

We all joked that it would take an act of Congress to fire a State Employee.

I think times have changed though. I left that job in 1991.
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You could probably re-instate and get a job at the same level. Have you looked into that?
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04/12/2011 10:24 PM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
I worked 14 years for a State Department of Health Services. Unionized of course. Four day work week. Growth potential.

I left because I moved out of state. Boy do I ever regret that move.

We all joked that it would take an act of Congress to fire a State Employee.

I think times have changed though. I left that job in 1991.
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It takes a lot of paperwork, but people do get fired from gov't jobs.
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04/12/2011 10:27 PM
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Several government employees in this area have been fired for a variety of reasons ranging from watching porn at work to being arrested for domestic violence or child abuse. On the flip side, one guy was drunk one night, ran over and killed a girl, disposed of evidence and was allowed to keep his job. But, he was a cop. They have special privileges that your run of the mill gubment employee doesn't have.
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04/12/2011 10:29 PM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
I worked 14 years for a State Department of Health Services. Unionized of course. Four day work week. Growth potential.

I left because I moved out of state. Boy do I ever regret that move.

We all joked that it would take an act of Congress to fire a State Employee.

I think times have changed though. I left that job in 1991.
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It takes a lot of paperwork, but people do get fired from gov't jobs.
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When I see what the government employs, I shudder to think what it turns away.
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04/12/2011 10:29 PM
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Try logging on to WikiLeaks and see what happens...
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04/12/2011 10:31 PM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
Okay, but one thing you CANNOT be fired for at a government job is being lazy. Don't even try to argue with me on that one.
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04/12/2011 10:32 PM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
Okay, but one thing you CANNOT be fired for at a government job is being lazy. Don't even try to argue with me on that one.
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Truth!
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04/12/2011 10:33 PM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
Actually they do but it is usually just the one that they don't like. The others can do it and it seems to be ok with them. Truth.
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04/12/2011 10:37 PM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
Okay, but one thing you CANNOT be fired for at a government job is being lazy. Don't even try to argue with me on that one.
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if you don't do your job you get the axe
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04/12/2011 10:41 PM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
Okay, but one thing you CANNOT be fired for at a government job is being lazy. Don't even try to argue with me on that one.
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if you don't do your job you get the axe
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Unless your name is Obama. Right?

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11/08/2012 08:40 AM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
i was fired last year! i've been with NIH for 29 years. i was fired to balance the budget ( i made a lot of money) i was always fully satisfactory. i got a lawyer and got some money. the govt fires folks every day.
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11/08/2012 08:45 AM
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Re: Is it possible to get fired from a government job???
It takes illegal acts in most cases, stealing or blatent harassment as legally defined. Accidential porn viewing, doubt it. Kiddy porn or hours of porn, yes.

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