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A Blogger Casualty


Iain Murray was fired from the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS), a group that promotes accurate reporting of science and statistics, for blogging on company time. (Here’s his blog.) Murray says that his former supervisor, David Murray (no relation), okayed the blogging; that this blogging did not take more time out of his day than smoke breaks took from that of others; that he was not told to stop when David Murray left STATS and Robert Lichter became his supervisor; and that Lichter did not complain about the blogging or ask that it stop but simply fired him. Lichter, for his part, says that the employee manual forbids using “office equipment” for non-work purposes “without special permission.” Lichter confirms that no warning was issued to Iain Murray.


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