Can I be fired based on a video?

I am a flight attendant. I was videotaped by a passenger while I was pouring company wine into a container. Can they fire me for this?

Ann Kiernan replies:

Generally, an employer is entitled to take disciplinary action if the information it uses to make that decision is reliable. If the passenger’s video clearly shows you violating an airline policy, then you should be prepared to take the consequences. If you are represented by a union, please make sure to ask them for advice and help in challenging any discipline.

Posted 03-14-2018

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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.