Yoga instructor loses job for giving texting Facebook employee glare

07/14/2012 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

San Francisco – A yoga instructor was fired for glaring at a Facebook employee who was texting during class. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Alice Van Ness, who was teaching classes at Facebook Inc.’s Menlo Park campus, said she was terminated after giving a participant in her class, a disapproving look for violating her no cellphone rule.

Van Ness, who has been teaching yoga for six years, is quoted by the AP as stating, “The whole point for most people going to yoga is that it’s disconnecting from the outside world…If you are bringing your phone into class, why are you even there?”

Van Ness had reportedly instructed the Facebook class to not use their cell phones upon initially seeing the female employee have one out, and saw her subsequently typing on it, which led to Ness glaring at the employee, but not saying anything to her.

Plus One Health Management purportedly issued the teacher a termination letter, which stated she had previously been warned that a cellphone ban could not be enforced.

Van Ness has reportedly found a new job since being terminated.

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