Collecting Unemployment


| March 20, 2002


Collecting Unemployment, Heather Hamilton, Dooce.com
When Heather Hamilton, a Los Angeles-based Web designer, complained about her employer on her personal Web site, she had no idea it could cost her her job. After all, she never mentioned the names of employees or the place where she works on her Web site, Dooce.com. But in a tiny conference room on February 26, her boss told her that she was fired because management didn't like what she had written. Hamilton says she's not bitter about the incident and that she understood the risks that certain key members of the company might discover the Web site, Dooce.com. But her firing raises important questions about the division between one's personal and professional life, especially since Weblogs - a sort of real-time diary - have become a more popular form of expression.
--Kate Garsombke
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