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Should Apple have fired Ken Bauer?

Screenshot from Brooke Amelia Peterson's YouTube video: MY IPHONE X VIDEO WENT VIRAL
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Recently, a video by Brooke Amelia Peterson went viral on YouTube. The video was a walk-through of the new iPhone X. The iPhone X is not scheduled to be released till November 3. The phone Peterson was filming belonged to her father, Ken Bauer, an engineer who worked for Apple, and the video was taken at an Apple campus in its cafeteria. Apple asked Peterson to take the video down and she immediately did so, but it was all over the internet. As a result of the video, Apple fired her father for violating its rule against filming at their campus. The question is: Should Apple have fired Ken Bauer?

People who feel he should have been fired argue that he violated a long-standing rule and should be held accountable. They feel that, even if he did not know he was breaking the rule, he still needs to face the consequences. They also feel that he should have just known better and not have been so careless with Apple’s confidential equipment. Finally, Apple has a right to protect its intellectual property any way they see fit and, if that means firing a careless employee, so be it.

Those who feel Bauer should not have been fired feel that Apple overreacted in firing him. They feel that a suspension would have been plenty of punishment to him for a first offense. Also, he was unaware that he was violating the rule and it was Apple’s responsibility to be more clear on company policies. Finally, even though he was in the video and handed his daughter the phone, it was his daughter who posted the video online and he should not be punished for her actions.

Many times, when you work for a company, you sign nondisclosure agreements. Companies want to protect their soon to be released products so they can unveil them in a way that will generate the most interest. Apple is no different when it comes to the iPhone X. Did they go too far in firing Ken Bauer for letting his daughter film the iPhone X? That is for Apple and their consumers to decide.

Brooke Amelia Peterson explained what happened to cause her father to be fired:

The Issue

Was Apple right in firing Ken Bauer for letting his daughter film the iPhone X and post it online? Did Apple follow company policy in its actions? Or, did Apple overreact and fire someone when a suspension would have sufficed?

Ken Bauer should have been fired

Those who feel Apple should have fired him say that not knowing a rule is no excuse and he deserved to be fired. They feel that Apple has the right to protect their intellectual property any way they see fit.

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Ken Bauer should not have been fired

People who feel Bauer should not have been fired say that Apple overreacted by firing him. They feel that his daughter posted the video and he should not be held accountable for her actions.

Do you think Ken Bauer should have been fired from Apple?

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