Mass. high court: Rastafarian ex-Jiffy Lube worker kept from cu...

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The Supreme Judicial Court reversed a decision by a Superior Court judge who had dismissed Bobby T. Brown's lawsuit against a Jiffy Lube franchisee before a trial. Full Story
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liner

Rocky Point, NY

#1 Dec 2, 2008
I guess that's the great thing about our country, we all have our rights. This guy has the right to grow his hair any way he wants. The woman on the register at a Pennys store who wore a burqua(sp?) and spoke very poor English had the right to work there. The kid behind the counter at the deli where I get lunch every day had the right to have every part of his visible body pierced with God knows what. I never dealt with Jiffy Lube, but if I did, I would have driven right out of there quickly. I was at the Pennys counter with the burqua-clad woman and after listening to her try and deal with customers, I told my wife to drop our stuff on the nearest counter as we were leaving. I was also at the deli counter when this kid asked if he could help me and I said no thanks, I'll wait for the next guy. Apparently I wasn't the only one as he only lasted about 2 weeks. So, yes, we all have our rights, me included. This is a great country.
Diogenes

North Chelmsford, MA

#2 Dec 2, 2008
Managers then said Brown could work only in lower bays where he did not have contact with customers.
What's he complaining about? In the "lower bays" he could smoke his ganja without the customers noticing.

“Let the music play!”

Since: Nov 08

Hampton, VA

#3 Dec 2, 2008
If you want to be "one with Nature" live in a tree. If your job requires you to deal with the public, present a clean, professional image or get another job. Poorly groomed employees will drive customers away in droves, just what businesses DON'T need in this economy. Shame on these fools in the higher court.
VA Conservative

Richmond, VA

#4 Dec 2, 2008
Since when is "Rastafarian" a religion beyond worshipping cannibus? Sounds like an excuse to be a dirty, dope-smoking, hippie to me...

I think Jiffy-Lube is well within their rights as an employer, to establish and enforce a grooming standard for their employees. Apparently, they need to test for drug usage as well...

As a customer, I certainly wouldn't want some pothead working on my car.
Diogenes

North Chelmsford, MA

#5 Dec 2, 2008
wsnomore wrote:
If you want to be "one with Nature" live in a tree. If your job requires you to deal with the public, present a clean, professional image or get another job. Poorly groomed employees will drive customers away in droves, just what businesses DON'T need in this economy. Shame on these fools in the higher court.
Did you notice, wsnomore, that this opinion comes from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court? For breakfast every morning, all the judges on the SJC in this state are required to consume two bowls of stupid instead of one.
Mary Jo K

Montvale, NJ

#6 Dec 2, 2008
What does one expect from a state that has elected Ted Kennedy for the last 35 years?
jo jo

Anchorage, AK

#7 Dec 2, 2008
VA Conservative wrote:
Since when is "Rastafarian" a religion beyond worshipping cannibus? Sounds like an excuse to be a dirty, dope-smoking, hippie to me...
I think Jiffy-Lube is well within their rights as an employer, to establish and enforce a grooming standard for their employees. Apparently, they need to test for drug usage as well...
As a customer, I certainly wouldn't want some pothead working on my car.
You are more than correct !!!
NCalConservativ- twitter

Lafayette, CA

#8 Dec 2, 2008
Yes, everyone has their rights, except the people supplying the ungrateful dirtbag with a job.
Observer

Chicopee, MA

#9 Dec 3, 2008
The continuation of the RAPE of American business by the liberal democrats.
Walmart is the BIG target down the road under the Obama, Reid and Pelosi disguise of change for America.
Dick

Deerfield Beach, FL

#10 Dec 4, 2008
Go work some where else.

Like maybe back to you island nation?

There needs to be a 20 year ban on ALL immigration into the USA.
Bill Clinton

United States

#11 Dec 4, 2008
Mary Jo K wrote:
What does one expect from a state that has elected Ted Kennedy for the last 35 years?
Or dumb enough to elect my wife as a senator......oh wait, that was NY.

“Share the Road.”

Since: Jul 08

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#12 Dec 4, 2008
I guess he would be exempt from failed drug test for pot too?

Where do I go to convert?
liberals r dumb

United States

#13 Dec 4, 2008
please, if I own a company I run it how I want! if rasta boy does not like it he can open his own place! and have his own rules! the judges do not live in the real world and make a fat salary off of the tax payers and try to be psuedo intlectuals! do not legislate from the bench! eventually the court system will be ignored!
minor threat

Ocala, FL

#14 Dec 4, 2008
He's supported a minimum wage increase every year. I guess you object to that?
Mary Jo K wrote:
What does one expect from a state that has elected Ted Kennedy for the last 35 years?
Podd Talin

Virginia Beach, VA

#15 Dec 4, 2008
minor threat wrote:
He's supported a minimum wage increase every year. I guess you object to that?<quoted text>
Yes, I do. The minimum wage should be whatever the high-school dropout bums are willing to work for.
Mass Voter

Virginia Beach, VA

#16 Dec 4, 2008
Mary Jo K wrote:
What does one expect from a state that has elected Ted Kennedy for the last 35 years?
But he's a Kennedy. Everybody loves the Kennedys!
Nutz

Chicopee, MA

#17 Dec 4, 2008
I wonder if the Supreme Judicial Court would feel the same way if rasta boy was employed at the country club showing their wives and daughters how to swing and perhaps a few other things.
Podd Talin

Virginia Beach, VA

#18 Dec 17, 2008
Mass Voter wrote:
<quoted text>
But he's a Kennedy. Everybody loves the Kennedys!
Sadly, that's right. That's why Caroline Kennedy Rothlisberger or whatever the hell her name is will be the next Senator from N.Y.
Communist Clam

United States

#19 Dec 17, 2008
Mary Jo K wrote:
What does one expect from a state that has elected Ted Kennedy for the last 35 years?
35? Try 45.
Dave

Poughkeepsie, NY

#20 Dec 17, 2008
minor threat wrote:
He's supported a minimum wage increase every year. I guess you object to that?<quoted text>
I object to the minimum wage being raised as well. It's not supposed to be enough to live "comfortably" off of. It's supposed to be a starting point in kids employment!

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