There have been a few news stories lately that have implied something that I find disturbing: Man fired from his executive position for being drunk and obnoxious and hitting child on a flight. Canadian senator ousted from party and on leave of absence while court charges pending. In both these cases, the accused crimes are vile. However - should what you do in your private life have such a direct impact on your job? I can understand if you work as an accountant and you're charged with fraud; that represents a conflict of interest, and indicates that you aren't trustworthy or suitable to your profession. However, I don't think getting drunk and hitting a kid means you are suddenly unsuitable for your corporate job. And the media sensationalism seems to be adding fuel to the fire, putting pressure on companies to act. Focus: How much, if any, should your private behavior impact your professional job security?