Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Does Jessie Lunderby Have A Right To Pose Off Duty?
Can an employer control choices of an employee when she is on her own time? We are not talking about breaking the law. We are talking about failing to meet an employer's perception of what constitutes good judgment. An Arkansas sheriff's office put Jessie Lunderby, a female detention officer, on administrative leave for posing nude on Playboy.com. According to the sheriff department, Jessie's photos taken off-the-clock are "unbecoming of a law enforcement officer." Specifically, Jessie Lunderby has been placed under review by the Washington County Sheriff's Office for posing as a "Cyber Girl of the Week." The 21-year-old blond is scantily clad in pink lingerie. In some photos she appears to be completely unclothed. But one has to wonder out loud how this is much different than the firefighters who pose for provocative calendar shots...
Lunderby has worked for the sheriff's office for almost three years. She told KHOG that "I'm happy with what I did." (By the looks of her, so are viewers of playboy.com. ) Lunderby will likely fight the disciplinary action. Legal Pub would invite Jessie to share her views on this subject by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to publish her side of this argument concerning freedom of choice. In the mean time, for those that want a quick peak, feel free to go to WARNING ADULT LINK.