Here are a list of reasons why one could, if you work in an environment with freaky-ass rules, reasonably expect to get fired and/or strongly reprimanded:
* Insider trading (sometimes)
* Banging the boss's wife
* Pissing in an underling's mouth
* Aggressive use of whiteboard markers
* Organizing cockfighting events on the floor
* Buying prosties on the company dime.
Here's why four Fidelity employees did get fired: fantasy football.
Cameron Pettigrew called himself the "Fidelity Man." Working as a relationship manager in the private client group at Fidelity Investments' Westlake office, Pettigrew says he looked forward to work every day. He even remembers telling co-workers and friends that he planned to retire someday from Fidelity, the country's biggest mutual fund sponsor and one of the world's largest providers of financial services. But that isn't going to happen. Pettigrew and three other Fidelity employees were fired for playing fantasy football.
"Firing a guy for being in a $20 fantasy league? Let's be honest; that's a complete overreaction," said Pettigrew, who lives in Grapevine and has an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. "In this economic time, especially. To fire people over something like this, it's just cold."
The firm, apparently doesn't see it that way:
Said Fidelity spokesman Vin Loporchio: "We have clear policies that relate to gambling. Participation in any form of gambling through the use of Fidelity time or equipment or any other company resource is prohibited. In addition to being illegal in a lot of places, it can also be disruptive. We want our employees to be focused on our customers and clients."
Fidelity Fires Four For Playing Fantasy Football [Star Telegram]