Federal court voids firing because employee was armed
Gene Volokh discusses a new US District court case (N.D. Ohio) that ruled that a UPS employee was wrongly fired, for having an unloaded firearms in a public parking lot used both the UPS and other employees.
UPS had announced that law enforcement would be conducting a "routine" search of all persons and property for contraband. Er -- anyone heard of the 4th Amendment? He said that he had such a firearm, and he was fired.
Generally, unless the employment contract says otherwise, a person can be fired, or can quit, at will. But some courts have recognized that the firing power cannot be exercised in narrow cases where the firing offends "public policy" (usually invoked where a person was fired in retaliation for, say, complaining about safety violations). The district court, recognizing the Ohio constitutional provisions on the right to arms, said that the firing violated such state policy (stressing that the allegation was that UPS didn't own the parking lot, so it'd be the same as firing a person for owning a firearm in their home).