Woman Fired For Writing Romance Novel At Work
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa -- A Sioux Center woman has been fired a job at an industrial equipment manufacturer for working on a romance novel on company time.
Tanja Shelton began working at Sioux Automation in Sioux Center in August, where she had a desk job as a production control scheduler. After a few weeks, her supervisor, Cindy Altena, noticed Shelton was typing almost constantly.
According to state records, a computer technician examined Shelton's computer, showing what appeared to be a romance novel with the working title "Taylorville." It focused on the summertime activities and desires of a teenage temptress named Taylor.
The company fired Shelton, who challenged the decision and wanted unemployment benefits. She said that her writing was a way of honing her skills during slow periods at work.
An administrative law judge denied benefits, but all is not lost. Shelton, who has a journalism degree from Dordt College, said she'll finish the book.
[Via - Speed Dating News]