Many people followed the bizarre story of Susan Westwood, 51, who confronted two African American women in a parking lot. While sharply questioning the women on what they were doing in the parking lot, Westwood infamously and curiously proclaimed “I’m white and I’m hot. I’m white and I’m hot.” Notably, Westwood repeatedly brags about her $125,000 salary, stating “I’m white and I make $125,000 a year and I want to make sure that you’re all up in here.” She is now unemployed after her videotape went viral.
Westwood appears drunk when she confronted sisters Leisa and Mary Garris, who were waiting for AAA outside an apartment complex in Charlotte. Westwood demands to know where the women live and “Is your boyfriend here? Is your baby daddy here? . . . Nobody cares! I’m white and I’m hot. I’m white and I’m hot.”
It appears that her employer Spectrum Enterprises (owned by Charter Communications) did not appreciate the association with the self-proclaimed “white [and] hot” employee.
She is also facing four criminal summons from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office — two counts of communicating threats and two counts of simple assault.
We have previously discussed the issue of when it is appropriate to punishment people for conduct outside of the work place. We have followed cases where people have been fired after boorish or insulting conduct once their names and employers are made known. (here and here and here and here and here). I often come down on the side of free speech, but some cases directly impact the employer and the underlying business or services.