Remember Brian Zulberti? No? We didn’t think so.
To refresh your memory, Brian Zulberti is the Delaware lawyer who attained his fifteen seconds (more like thirteen, really) back in July 2013 after he included this silly selfie with his job applications, generally considered to be a no-no among human resources professionals.
Then photos like this one surfaced:
And this one:
All of which has naturally led Zulberti to a chair in front of the Supreme Court in Washington D.C., where he began a hunger strike on Sunday. Why would he do this, you ask?
Well, other than the obvious motive of attention starvation, Zulberti says he is fighting for your God-given right to post whatever you want on social media without having that affect your employment prospects.
Here’s how he explained it in a letter that he sent to other lawyers in an attempt to gain support for his cause:
I contact you asking for your support in an important social cause, albeit a controversial one. Here in Delaware, attorneys have a tendency to tout themselves as paradigms of legal competence, candor, and professionalism. What better distinguished body to take the forefront and speak out against the tidal wave of social media firings that is unjustly obliterating competent and driven employees from coast to coast.
The problem is simple. Americans everywhere, especially professionals such as ourselves, are being fired for posting things through social media that are completely legal and have no tangible relevance whatsoever to their performance at work. The result has been the rise of the nonsensical belief that employers have the right to deem all of their employees as the “face of the company” during every waking moment of their lives. The further result is that each and every one of us, as attorneys, is faced with the decision to either fit into the expectations of how we behave in our private lives, or face the very real specter of devastating workplace consequences.
This is wrong, and I have been working full time since the end of July, thanks in large part to generous donations from supporters and fans, to draw attention to this movement.
And this week, as he began his hunger strike, he explained in a blog post titled “My Final Task: Coverage or Death” that he will allow himself to die unless he gets “90 seconds of prime time evening weekday coverage on a major national network.”
If you have five hours, you can watch this footage from his livestream. For some reason, he’s wearing a shirt.
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