A prominent story in the headlines this week involved the case of a Connecticut employee who was fired over comments she made about another employee on Facebook. The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against American Medical Response of Connecticut for terminating the employee.
There have been several other cases where employees have been fired for inappropriate posts, pictures or tirades posted to Facebook or other social networking sites. Employers have a very delicate situation on their hands. No one can blame a company for trying to protect its image and reputation, but where do you draw the line? Does an employee have the right to post negative comments about their employer, co-workers or irate customers? Are employers out of line if they police the postings and interactions of their employees on Facebook or other social media outlets? The National Labor Relations Board’s position is quoted as, “Whether it takes place on Facebook or at the water cooler, [the American Medical Response incident] was employees talking jointly about working conditions, in this case about their supervisor, and they have a right to do that.”
Even though terminated employees have an ally in this organization, this fight is far from over. You can be sure that this case will be closely followed for its potential impact on company policies and procedures regarding employee use of social media outlets.
Other stories we followed this week relating to privacy and safety issues of social networking sites are listed below:
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