Feats that negatively affected their careers

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What you do or say often results in firing or forced resignation

A celebrity chef using racial slurs. A coach abusing his players. Check out these and other acts that got people fired or, worse, ended their careers. See gallery

 

Paula Deen admits using the 'N-word'
 

"Butter Queen" Paula Deen found herself in the midst of scandal last week after admitting to using racial slurs during lawsuit deposition. The lawsuit, filed by a former employee, accuses Deen of sexual and racial workplace discrimination (read more). When asked if she used the "N-word," Deen said: "Yes, of course." Deen also is accused of suggesting that black men dress as slaves and serve at a wedding. "The whole entire wait staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive," Deen said. As the scandal grew, the Food Network decided not to renew Deen's contract.
 

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An NFL player's diagnosis

A serious or persistent injury has often spelled doom for an NFL player's career. But what about a serious but treatable disease? For defensive lineman Kyle Love, the answer came when he was cut from the New England Patriots in May. Fortunately for Love, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed him, but his agent and others have lashed out at the Patriots over the decision, noting that several pro athletes have had successful careers playing with the same condition.

Bing:Why was Love released?

Search: Read the latest on Love's status

Find: What other NFL players have this condition?
 

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An expectant mother's predicament

Tennessee native Kristi Rifkin says she used to love her job at T-Mobile until she got pregnant. After that, Rifkin says, her employer forced her to go through an annoying procedure every time she had to go to the restroom, which, for a pregnant woman, can be fairly often. Rifkin was fired from her job shortly after giving birth for what she said was a tiny clerical error, but she suspects it had more to do with her bathroom breaks. T-Mobile, meanwhile, has refused to confirm or deny Rifkin's version of the events.

Bing: What does Rifkin believe led to her firing?

Search:See photos of Rifkin

Find: What was the gender of the baby?

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A grandfather's heroic act

Being hailed as a hero after video cameras catch you saving toddlers on a beach is all well and good, until that same video footage proves to your bosses at work that perhaps you aren't as sick as your sick-leave request would have them believe. Such was the case for Paul Marshallsea, an employee at the nonprofit Pant and Dowlais Boys & Girls Club.

Bing: What heroic act got Marshallsea fired?

Search: Watch his heroic act

Find: Check out photos of the heroic grandfather

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A flight attendant's blog woes

Ellen Simonetti, like millions of people around the world, has a blog. These days she doesn't update it too often, but nine years ago her "Queen of the Sky" blog was a frequent outlet for describing her day-to-day life as a flight attendant for an unnamed airline. Unfortunately for Simonetti, that unnamed airline, Delta, wasn't a fan of the blog and fired her in 2004.

Bing: What in particular irked her employer?

Search: See photos of Simonetti

Find: More on her new blog

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Rutgers coach firing

A now-notorious video, showing Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice engaged in some questionable coaching practices, first surfaced on ESPN and social media outlets. When Rutgers caught wind of the video in November, Rice was suspended for three games, fined $75,000 and ordered to take anger management classes.

Bing:What was the reason for his eventual firing?

Search: Watch the infamous video

Find: The latest Rutgers scandal

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From Olympic queen to rock bottom

Marion Jones was on top of the world in 2000. She was the star of the Sydney Olympics, winning three individual gold medals and two relay golds in track and field. Rich endorsement deals filled up her bank account. Then it all came crashing down in 2007. Jones wound up serving six months in prison, shamefully retired from the sport and had all of her Olympic and world championship medals taken away.

Bing:What caused her downfall?

Search: Watch her compete at the Sydney Olympics

Find: Where is she now?

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A CIA director's scandal

Former CIA Director and retired Army general David Petraeus took the first step toward repairing his image in March when he spoke publicly for the first time since his fall from grace. Petraeus resigned his high-profile post in November 2012 after an FBI investigation.

Bing: Why did Petraeus leave his job?

Search: See photos of the woman he was involved with

Find: What he's up to now

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A politician's scandal

Former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner (from what state?) resigned from office in 2011 when a sexting scandal got so out of hand, he said it was impossible to continue work in Congress. Weiner initially claimed the picture of his crotch that went public was the result of his account being hacked.

Bing: What was the real story?

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Find: See what he's doing now

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A shock jock's shocking comment

Once deemed one of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time magazine, cantankerous radio broadcaster Don Imus hit bottom in 2007 when he was fired by CBS for derogatory comments he made about the Rutgers University women's basketball team.

Bing: What did Imus call the women on the team?

Search: Did he return to radio?

Find: What did Imus call Rush Limbaugh?

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Dash cam catches cops in the act

Police officers should try to remember there's a dashboard camera installed in squad cars. Part-time Perry Township, Ohio, police Officer Janine D. England was fired in 2009 after video from a dash cam caught her doing something against the rules with her boss, police Chief Tim Escola.

Bing:What was England caught doing that got her fired?

Search: Check out photos of England

Find: She's also tied to an investigation of another Ohio officer

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Fired for creative interpretation of 'job'

An American software developer known only as "Bob" was fired in January for getting creative with the definition of the word "work." Verizon Enterprise Solutions, which isn't releasing the name of the company or the employee, discovered that someone was logging in to the company's server using Bob's credentials while he spent his eight hours surfing Reddit and watching cat videos, among other Internet activities.

Bing:What was the employee doing that got him fired?

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A sports commentator's comments

Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was fired from his CBS Sports commentator job in 1988 for his remarks during an impromptu interview with a TV reporter in a Washington, D.C., restaurant.

Bing: What did he say that got him fired?

Search: Watch news reports about his firing

Find: How much did he bet on the Truman-Dewey election?

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Man's in-flight behavior gets him fired

A Hayden, Idaho, man was fired from his job at AGC Aerospace and Defense after an alleged instance of bad behavior on a Delta Air Lines flight. Joe Rickey Hundley's attorney, Marcia Shein, said her client has admitted to telling his seatmate, who was traveling with her young son, to "shut that (N-word) baby up." But that's not the worst thing he was accused of doing.

Bing: What was the alleged act that got him fired?

Search: Watch videos about the incident

Find: Why was Hundley so distraught during the flight?

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An investment-fraud scandal

Bernie Madoff may be the poster child for "how to lose your job." In what is considered the largest financial fraud in U.S. history, Madoff operated a Ponzi scheme that bilked more than 2,178 investors. In 2009, he was sentenced to 150 years in prison.

Bing:How much did investors reportedly lose?

Search: Celebs who were swindled by Madoff

Find: More on how his first prison fight went

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Reporter fired for bogus story

Janet Cooke wrote a story for The Washington Post in 1980 titled "Jimmy's World" that was so compelling and heart-wrenching that she won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1981. Unfortunately, Cooke made the whole thing up. She even fabricated her education before getting hired at the Post. Needless to say, the Pulitzer was returned and Cooke was fired.

Bing: What was the subject of the story that got her fired?

Search: Who was managing editor at the Post at the time?

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