Skip to comments.Ben Stein Sues: Ad Agency Replaced Me Over My Global-Warming Position
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.
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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.
He’s not exactly aging well. A look-alike might be an improvement.
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He was on Neil Cavuto’s show in 2008 supporting the bailouts.
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.
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.
Maybe they decided to “get the Red out”
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.
Poor,poor Ben, and you thought they would eat you last. LOL!
Clever... and funny.
“I thought ben was a global warming believer. Hes 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.
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.
“cranks up his lawn mover or snow blower, Mother Ghia comes another second closer to implosion”
Mother Ghia and her brother Karmann.
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.
This is a serious question. Do employers in America have the right to fire employees strictly over their political views?
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?
“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.
That was good.
What about employees who aren’t celebreties? Can you fire someone simply for voting for Obama or McCain?
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!
You can fire “at will” employees for any, or no, reason at any time.
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.
My mileage varies greatly from yours. From October 30, 2006:
“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)
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.