Controversial conservative radio host Sean Hannity initiated a call to the Health Care Market Place call center hotline. The unfortunate representative that answered his call was Earline Davis. Earline was a new employee, only working there five weeks yet was fired the day following her call with Hannity.
Sean Hannity brought the newly fired Earline on his show Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 and using the same tricky verbiage, led her into accepting a "seemingly" generous offer of an alleged "overwhelming number of email replies" in response to an email address set up just for Earline, "JOBS@HANNITY.COM." Then Hannity told Earline that people also want to offer her "stuff."
It all sounds concerned and empathetic until you omit the fluff and hear the bottom line. Hannity says "We already of one job offer for you." Only "one" out of that "overwhelming response? Further, he doesn't specify any of the "stuff" people want to "offer" Earline. If it were things like money, car, house, or a boat, surely that would be too exciting to leave unspoken, right?
Hannity further lays the honey on, patronizing Earline and viewers with this dumbfounded series of questions and responses that went something like this: "So how long have you worked there? Five weeks okay and you went through training and everything and they didn't tell you you couldn't speak to the radio right? I don't know why they fired you."
A legal expert working for private company shared some interesting information with me that lead me to the following colorful facts regarding this entire situation. Due to potential conflict of interest, he prefers to remain anonymous. None the less, here are some key things to consider, Hannity's approach and steps in this situation smell of a legal representation team doing damage control and it just so happens to be a great publicity opportunity:
- Even though he identified himself as required by law as the radio calling in. His method of gaining permission borders so closely on unethical, a good attorney could prove he mislead Earline "...You gotta say yes [to talking on the radio]"
- Although he came across as naive, he is fully aware that all government jobs and most corporations require employees to sign a confidentiality agreement which typically bars them from speaking to media and often provides employees with contact information such as a phone number, email, or physical address to refer media inquiries to.
- He never mentioned how many times he called prior to getting Earline and instead got more experienced and knowledgeable representatives that did know the policy and referred him appropriately without talking violating company confidentiality.
- He never mentioned how many times before he's pulled this same stunt and gotten other's fired. Yet since this was a super combo opportunity to strategically try and cover himself legally from a lawsuit and to once again bash and blame President Obama and the Affordable Healthcare Act publicly and flagrantly.
- Finally, the $26,000 he so graciously offered "Tax free" (as if he has the power to choose what get's taxed and doesn't) it's tax free because the gift tax allows each taxpayer to give away up to $13,000 per year to an unlimited number of different people. Hence the reason he clearly stated "..I am gifting you and your son) that gift breaks down in perfect half to his supposed "calculations of what she would have earned in a year." But more importantly, it's only a fraction of what she could get in a winning lawsuit, so I'm sure she's having to sign multiple disclosures, waivers, and release forms prior to collecting any money.
You're no hero Hannity, you're a bully. Earline Davis is not a victim of the Affordable healthcare act or President Obama, she's a victim of you.