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Ben Stein Sues: Ad Agency Replaced Me Over My Global-Warming Position
Reuters ^ | 12 Jan 2012 | Kurt Orzeck

Posted on 01/12/2012 12:23:00 PM PST by seanmerc

Ben Stein claims he's a victim of political discrimination.

The conservative pundit and actor -- and former Nixon speechwriter -- alleges that his position on climate change had him kicked off a $300,000 acting gig, only to be replaced by a lookalike.

Stein filed a discrimination suit against Japanese company Kyocera Corporation and New York ad agency Seiter & Miller Advertising, in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday.

He is claiming breach of contract, wrongful discharge and emotional distress, among other charges.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benstein; climatechange; globalwarming

1 posted on 01/12/2012 12:23:04 PM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Rooters closed comments before one was even made....


2 posted on 01/12/2012 12:32:06 PM PST by clintonh8r (Living well is no longer the best revenge. Revenge is now the best revenge.)
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To: seanmerc
Ben the Crybaby...fired by the Waaa-ad agency because he's becoming a super-rich, guilty, Jewish liberal.
3 posted on 01/12/2012 12:32:21 PM PST by twister881
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To: seanmerc

Ben Stein supported Al Franken for U.S. Senate. Hardly a conservative except in the sense that Ann Coulter is one.

At best, Stein is a capitalist with libertarian tendencies and has a lot of socialist buddies like Franken.


4 posted on 01/12/2012 12:33:18 PM PST by peyton randolph (B. Hussein Obama solved Bush's "problem" of a AAA credit rating)
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To: seanmerc

He’s not exactly aging well. A look-alike might be an improvement.


5 posted on 01/12/2012 12:33:25 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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6 posted on 01/12/2012 12:35:05 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: peyton randolph

He was on Neil Cavuto’s show in 2008 supporting the bailouts.


7 posted on 01/12/2012 12:35:33 PM PST by Politics4US
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To: seanmerc

I thought ben was a global warming believer. He’s gone commie on everything else, and he lost my respect years ago. Of course, he is crazy about money.


8 posted on 01/12/2012 12:38:20 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: twister881

This can’t bode well for future work can it? Folks would just steer clear rather than risk being sued if they were even considering hiring him.


9 posted on 01/12/2012 12:38:33 PM PST by BRK
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To: seanmerc

Maybe they decided to “get the Red out”


10 posted on 01/12/2012 12:38:50 PM PST by Leep
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To: seanmerc
Gee, the answer that they wanted was obvious.

Part One: Any time a white man farts, lights a match, cranks up his lawn mover or snow blower, Mother Ghia comes another second closer to implosion.

Part Two: Any time a bell rings, another Angel gets its wings. Send in Clarence, the earth needs help.

I think I'll dig out that movie and watch it tonight.

11 posted on 01/12/2012 12:43:08 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: twister881

Poor,poor Ben, and you thought they would eat you last. LOL!


12 posted on 01/12/2012 12:53:15 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: Leep
Maybe they decided to “get the Red out”

Clever... and funny.

13 posted on 01/12/2012 12:55:35 PM PST by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: ozzymandus

“I thought ben was a global warming believer. He’s gone commie on everything else, and he lost my respect years ago. Of course, he is crazy about money.”

Agree with you. He originally caught my attention outside of his acting with some “common sense” style investing articles, and the next time I noticed him in an investing context he had gone completely left. I didn’t understand it, but I have to confess, I didn’t really care. If he loves him his money so much he should love him some mouthshut if he wants to be working.


14 posted on 01/12/2012 1:05:24 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (The only economic certainty: When it all blows up, Krugman will say we didn't spend enough.)
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To: seanmerc
"questions had been raised by defendant Kyocera about whether [Stein's] views on global warming and on the environment were sufficiently conventional and politically correct for Kyocera..."

Well I for one am glad to know that Kyocera is a politically correct AGW adocate. No more business for Kyocera from me.

Ben Stein, on the other hand,

(a) is a great pro-life advocate
(b) deplored the killing of Terry Schiavo
(c) is a valuable defender of Intelligent Design, goes fearlessly up against the likes of Richard Dawkins, and produces good movies like "Expelled!"

For these things I will always love Ben Stein. Yes, his economic theory may deviate from mine at times, but he is one still of the Good Guys.

15 posted on 01/12/2012 1:09:38 PM PST by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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To: USS Alaska

“cranks up his lawn mover or snow blower, Mother Ghia comes another second closer to implosion”

Mother Ghia and her brother Karmann.


16 posted on 01/12/2012 1:12:58 PM PST by Mashood
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To: peyton randolph

Ben Stein was at his best chronicling the moral decay foisted on society by Hollywood and has written about that place in a highly entertaining way.

My favorite was his friend the movie producer who had three down on their luck actresses providing him daily sex and preparing his meals in return for survival assistance. This menage a quatre was starting to grate even on the Hollywooder’s conscience as he cried out to Ben, “Oh G-d, why am I such a crook!!?”

But it does look like Ben’s wealth guilt finally seems to have set in.


17 posted on 01/12/2012 1:23:59 PM PST by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: seanmerc
Stein then told Kyocera and Seiter & Miller that he was extremely concerned about the environment but unsure whether humans are responsible for global warming.

Kyocera is a solar manufacturer and part of the "green politically correct" movement. Stein is indeed a victim in this one.
18 posted on 01/12/2012 1:27:35 PM PST by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: seanmerc

This is a serious question. Do employers in America have the right to fire employees strictly over their political views?


19 posted on 01/12/2012 1:37:37 PM PST by Silver Sabre
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To: twister881

For one thing, what does being jewish have to do with ir and according to the article it was because he disagreed with man made global warming. What are you talking about?


20 posted on 01/12/2012 2:39:50 PM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: Silver Sabre

“This is a serious question. Do employers in America have the right to fire employees strictly over their political views?”

In Stein’s case, the answer is “yes.” He’s a celebrity - he’s selling Ben Stein as a product. If the Ben Stein “product” has expressed political views that the company’s likely customers will find abhorrent, then “Ben Stein” isn’t useful to them. (Imagine a gun company hiring a celebrity spokesman, and then finding out said spokesman is pro gun control)

This is why I don’t blog about religion, sex or politics under my own name.


21 posted on 01/12/2012 2:44:46 PM PST by I Shall Endure
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To: Mashood

That was good.


22 posted on 01/12/2012 2:45:06 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Real solidarity means coming together for the common good."-Sarah Palin)
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To: I Shall Endure

What about employees who aren’t celebreties? Can you fire someone simply for voting for Obama or McCain?


23 posted on 01/12/2012 3:02:32 PM PST by Silver Sabre
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To: Silver Sabre

Voting is secret, so no. But if you blog about how you vote, and your employer googles you? Employment law varies by state, so it’s tough to generalize. But plenty of people have been fired for ill-advised Facebook posts and pictures.

Privacy is a good thing!


24 posted on 01/12/2012 4:32:20 PM PST by I Shall Endure
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To: Silver Sabre

You can fire “at will” employees for any, or no, reason at any time.


25 posted on 01/12/2012 4:35:16 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: I Shall Endure

Stein’s lawsuit will probably be dismissed. But “I was fired because I don’t believe in Global Warming” helps improve his “Brand” as a conservative writer/lecturer; IOW, the lawsuit is likely a publicity stunt.


26 posted on 01/12/2012 4:35:39 PM PST by I Shall Endure
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To: shhrubbery!
For these things I will always love Ben Stein. Yes, his economic theory may deviate from mine at times, but he is one still of the Good Guys.

My mileage varies greatly from yours. From October 30, 2006:

Ben Stein On The War In Iraq

27 posted on 01/12/2012 4:43:00 PM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: gorush

“You can fire “at will” employees for any, or no, reason at any time.” For the most part, yes, but there exceptions, such as “implied contract.” And of course some people are in “protected” categories - ie, disabled, minority, old - and should be handled with kid gloves.

If you fire someone because they have an Obama bumper sticker on their car, their lawyer will give your Employee Handbook and Personnel Department’s Policies and Procedures the once over, to make sure you didn’t violate them. So plan ahead. (grin)


28 posted on 01/12/2012 4:44:29 PM PST by I Shall Endure
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To: seanmerc
Kyocera Corporation... some cell phone stuff and BIG into solar energy.

Ben was stepping on their bottom line. ;~))

29 posted on 01/12/2012 6:05:37 PM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: seanmerc

Ben thinks that government should spread the wealth. So, Ben, your employer is just spreading the wealth to others. It’s just not your turn this time. It should help you to feel a little less guilty because you’ll have a little less money.

It’s a good thing, really. Nothing to whine about.


30 posted on 01/13/2012 1:17:18 AM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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