Sherrod Debacle Highlights Perils Of Hasty Firing

Law360, New York (July 29, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT) -- The forced resignation of U.S. Department of Agriculture staffer Shirley Sherrod based on what turned out to be a doctored video serves as a lesson to employers to do their homework, but it's also a reminder of how the Web is transforming employers' reactions to what employees do outside of work.

Sherrod had been the USDA's director of rural development for the state of Georgia when a video of what appeared to be her making racist comments at a speech during an NAACP event from March...
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