Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Coffee Talk: Librarian Fired for Not Revealing Weight

I was floored when I read this article about a librarian who was fired because she wouldn’t reveal her weight to her employer.  Are you friggin’ kidding me?  Lisa Bonifas refused to give her weight so that it could be placed on her employee identification card along with her height, date of birth, finger prints and other identifying information.  Adding blood type, medications taken and other medical information is optional.  FOR AN EMPLOYEE IDENTIFICATION CARD!  Ostensibly, the information is supposed to be used “so emergency medical and law enforcement people can identify someone in case of some unforeseen disaster.”  Really?

Ok, I understand the need for employee identification cards and I see nothing wrong with a little picture, a thumb print, name and title but the other information?  Does that type of information really need to be on identification card?  For a librarian?  Granted, we are a subversive group.  After all, Michael Moore once said:  “I really didn’t realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group…  You think they’re just sitting at the desk all quiet and everything.  They’re like plotting the revolution, man.”  But still to fire a librarian because she won’t reveal her weight?

And don’t you think for just one minute that this is all about vanity.  This is about privacy and how much of our personal information needs to be made available to our employers in the name of security.  If this was really about identification in the case of some information, why couldn’t weight, medical information, etc be kept in locked file in the human resources department?  Why does it have to be worn around the employee’s neck?

Talk to me, do you think the librarian should have been fired?  How much are you willing to reveal about yourself to your employer or are some topics off limits?

This post was written as part of the 31 Day Problogger Challenge that is being sponsored by SITS.

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