WASHINGTON COUNTY (LALATE) – PHOTOS. Jessie Lunderby’s Playboy photo controversy is extremely similar to another Playboy controversy of 2009. Jessie Lunderby’s Playboy pictures resulted in Jessie being suspended from work this month. But a similar Playboy spread by Carlie Christine aka Carlie Becker resulted in her being firing as a high school volleyball coach in April 2009.
In both cases, supervisors evoked employment policies when confronting the issue, and in both cases it became a topic of national debate. Today the question is backÂ -Â can one employer terminate you for a second job that you take on the side? And if you inform them of the second job and they allegedly consent, does that nullify any potential grounds for suspension?
The similarities between Jessie Lunderby’s suspension and Carlie Christine’s firing are extremely apparent, two women who chose to pose for the publication on the side only to have their daytime job put into jeopardy, or terminated. For both, they became topics of national discussion. Christine became a guest across morning news while Jessie has appeared on evening news.
LALATE broke both the details of Jessie Lunderby Tuesday and Christine in April 2009, two young beautiful women who found nothing wrong in appearing for the magazine. Instead, both beautiful women were confronted by a core group of persons who sought their dismissal.
Christine you might remember was the high school cheerleading coach in 2009 whose student who didn’t make the squad Adelle Geniella complained. Christine would be fired. Adelle would eventually tell Matt Lauer on the Today Show. â€śWhen I found out about it, I definitely lost respect. Thatâ€™s not where my morals stand.â€ť
Lauer asked Adelle if she was complaining because of her own shortcomings or because of the spread. â€śBut the family insists it was a matter of morals and respect … [even though student] Adelle had been barred from next yearâ€™s tryouts for having more than three unexcused absences from Casa Roble High School.â€ť
Charlie defended herself, like Lunderby, saying she did nothing wrong. â€śI understand that morals are a subject of opinion, and although parents may have different opinions than I, theyâ€™re entitled to those. As far as [whether] the job can be based on someoneâ€™s opinions of morals, I donâ€™t know that that is true.â€ť
People are debating the same question today.
The complaint against Jessie Lunderby appears to have come from co-workers. However, none of them have come forward nor fessed up to their complaining. Inmates obviously weren’t the ones who complained. They do not have (lawful) access to the magazine while in jail and hence didn’t raise the publication to Jessie’s supervisors.
Outside prison, Jessie wanted to make some extra money, and perhaps achieve some level of fame, like Christine. So what did she do wrong?
One can even argue what level of conduct does Jessie need to abide to while being around, not students, but convicted felons. (As of Tuesday, we don’t even know what level of prisoners Jessie’s jail contained.)
But both women were reportedly hired pursuant to employment code of conduct standards. Jessie Lunderby agreed to prison conduct policy. Policies in place, according to Maj. Roy Hoyt, may prohibit certain conduct. But how specific is the policy? It simply reads “conduct unbecoming of an officer or employee of the department.”
So who determines what is unbecoming of an officer … around convicted felons? Do male supervisors decide? Moreovoer, Lunderby says she told them about the spread and they “knew about” it. Does that change the basis of the complaint?
Jessie Lunderby is currently on paid administrative leave while Christine was terminated.