Kevin Spacey: Netflix Can’t Fire Me

by Evil HR Lady on November 14, 2017

In House of Cards, Kevin Spacey has the real talent for making the viewer root for a truly horrible person, Francis Underwood. But, can he get people behind him now?

According to The Blast, Spacey is claiming that Netflix fired him too quickly after claims came out that he committed sexual misconduct with a then 14-year-old Anthony Rapp and that they don’t have the legal ability to do so. They write:

Sources close to the situation tell us the actor does not have a morality clause in his contract that would trigger a suspension or termination from the production based upon personal actions.

We’re told Spacey’s contract states the only way he can be suspended or fired from the show would be if he becomes “unavailable” or “incapacitated” to fulfill his obligations with production.

Another Case of the Rich and Famous Aren’t Like Us

You don’t have a morality clause in your contract either, largely because it would be highly unlikely for you to have a contract–unless you’re in a union.

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Elizabeth West November 14, 2017 at 3:35 pm

He needs to make himself unavailable. >:(

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Professor Ronny November 14, 2017 at 10:22 pm

>You don’t have a morality clause in your contract
>either, largely because it would be highly unlikely for
>you to have a contract–unless you’re in a union.

Like many tenured and tenure-track college professors, I am not in a union and I do have a contract. I am currently at a large State university. When I have taught at smaller private (religious) universities, I did have a morality clause in my contract. At my first college (private and religious), a 25-year professor with tenure was terminated for violating the morality clause by drinking a beer at a ball game with students.

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Goober November 15, 2017 at 8:43 pm

The counterexample of that is Ricardo Asch, at the center of the fertility clinic scandal at the University of California, Irvine in 1995 (where he was a tenured professor and head of the clinic). The resulting lawsuits cost the university $27 million, and Asch fled the country to avoid prosecution on mail fraud and tax evasion.

It took the university five years to fire him, and the vote to revoke his tenure was closer than 50% than 60%.

Universities are as varied as any other workplace, it seems.

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Cary November 15, 2017 at 10:03 pm

I’ve read similar cases where the employee was convicted and jailed. He claimed his employer fired him for a crime unrelated to his job, which violated his human rights per the human rights act in the relevant province. The employer successfully defended itself by saying they fired the employer for being unavailable for work not due to the conviction itself.

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