From one sordid tale to another, the next employment error off the production line this month concerns the NSPCC, a children’s protection charity. Like a lot of charities, they utilise celebrities as ambassadors to boost the profile of their campaigns.
James Makings was employed by the NSPCC as a celebrity booker. Mr Makings was also a leather bondage enthusiast and it was discovered that he had filmed sexually explicit videos of himself on a work trip and in the office toilets. The videos were also uploaded to fetish pornography websites.
The videos were for some reason linked to his online CV on LinkedIn. Several patrons of NSPCC noted the conduct and complained, resulting in them being blocked by the charity online. After a four month suspension, Mr Makings dismissal was confirmed this month.
Whilst he did not work directly with children, the NSPCC ran campaigns against pornography, and the conduct was not in line with the charity’s values. The case highlights two issues. Firstly privacy. Some have argued that Mr Makings private sex life is his own business and should not impact his work.
However, given Mr Makings was quite public about his sexual activities and performed such acts when doing work for NSPCC, it is hard to see how the conduct could be considered private. We can’t think of many people who cite sexually explicit videos on their LinkedIn profile!
Furthermore, NSPCC perhaps should have done more due diligence during recruitment. Given the public nature of Mr Makings sexually fetishes, a simple google search might have made it quite clear his beliefs and sexual habits did not conform to the NSPCC’s anti-pornography values.