Lighter side: Fired for dancing?

Lighter side: Fired for dancing?

Lighter side: Fired for dancing? Is dancing on the job just cause for dismissal? Tennessee park ranger Deryl Nelson claims he was fired after a complaint from a visitor who posted a video of his moves online.
 
Nelson, 51, has been working at Coolidge Park for seven years, and drawing attention for his dance moves for the last six years.
 
"It's all about enjoying what you do and that's the way I feel," Nelson said told a local TV news channel. "[It's] clean fun. It's nothing like doing any bumping and grinding."
 
However, not everyone agrees. Park visitor Melissa Parsons filmed one of his dance sessions and posted it online.
 
"As a parent and seeing all the parents that were covering their kids eyes and turning their heads away, it wasn't something you would expect to see in Coolidge Park or anywhere from a grown man, especially a man in uniform," Parsons told NewsChannel9.com. "He went all the way to the ground, he came back up from the ground, he was grabbing areas that you would see on a rated R movie."
 
The raw video of Nelson's dance shows him at one point laying on the ground with his legs folded under his body while he seems to pump his pelvis towards the sky.
 
Watch the video below and tell us in the comments whether you think it’s work appropriate.

 
 
12 Comments
  • Justin B. 2014-06-27 11:02:03 AM
    He certainly didn't seem "to pump his pelvis towards the sky". He was clearly just keeping an internal rhythm by moving to a beat so continued that beat while he was on the ground. He was by no means doing something "R-rated".

    As HR Professionals, we need to be aware of emotional intelligence. It is a growing trend in our society that people actively look for the offensive in any behaviour. So yes, I could see how Ms. Parsons could read something sexual into this vidoe. But I would argue it says more about her mindset than the dancing of this man or his motivation.
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  • Mary 2014-06-27 12:13:50 PM
    In uniform?! And during his shift (i.e. instead of doing his duties)?! Also, not a clean disciplinary record....now he's got all the time in the world to promote his dance moves.
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  • Nish 2014-06-27 12:20:05 PM
    100% agree with Justin and could not have articulated it better. Ms. Parsons view should be counterbalanced with feedback from other visitors. He should have also been given an opportunity to change the moves if they were deemed inappropriate by some visitors ....if this was the only reason for firing.
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