Recently, one federal court of appeals validated an employer’s decision to discharge an employee for posting a racially charged political statement on social media. In particular, the employee (a white Nashville emergency dispatcher) made a Facebook post related to President Trump’s victory following the 2016 election that included racial slurs. The employee subsequently removed the
Can Your Employer Terminate You For Posts on Social Media?
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“Social media has been responsible for blurring the lines a lot between employees personal lives and their professional lives,” Christina Niro said.
Niro warned that in times of turmoil, many companies nationwide are cracking down on their social media conduct…
Pokémon GO! Catch ‘Em All—All The Workplace Issues, That Is
The new age of the smartphone has resurrected the Pokémon craze from the 1990s in a completely new version of the once popular handheld Gameboy Nintendo game. With the help of the smartphone’s GPS, Pokémon Go requires individuals to physically enter the real world to chase Pokémon located on the phone’s map. The game randomly…
More NLRB Protection for Badmouthing Your Employer on FaceBook
The Office of the General Counsel for the NLRB has recently updated its memo summarizing recent social media decisions. The memo provides a reference for employers regarding the limitations on disciplining or terminating employees based on comments they make on FaceBook and other social media sites.
The first case summary in the memo is telling. …
Latest from NLRB on Social Media Posts as Concerted, Protected Activity
Like most every other business and agency today, the NLRB is staying on top of social media. Today, the Board’s acting general counsel issued a summary memo describing recent Board cases dealing with employee postings on Facebook and Twitter, as well as employers’ social media policies. A copy of the summary is attached here.…