You may remember a story a little while back about a blogger who posted a suggestion about how to improve American Airlines’ website. He took AA to task (wrongfully, in my opinion, as website design in a large company is a complex issue), but made some interesting suggestions about how to redesign it. Then an AA designer wrote a thoughtful response about why changes aren’t made easily at a large organization like American. It was a thoughtful response to a difficult issue.
So of course American fired him. The official reason was that he disclosed company secrets (?), but the real reason was because employees aren’t supposed to talk about the company to press. Was some random blogger press? Not really, but I guess I get their point. But I would think that in this day and age they would show a little leniency — the web designer wasn’t bashing the company at all, and the world has changed a bit from the old never-talk-to-the-media days when the media was not an incredibly fragmented morass of outlets.