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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New case may prevent employees from getting fired over derogatory Facebook comments

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling suggests companies cannot fire employees for things like complaining about their boss on Facebook. This ruling was in regard to a recent case regarding an employee of American Medical Response (AMR) of Connecticut. The case has yet to be fully adjudicated, however.

The employee posted a negative remark about her supervisor on her Facebook page, a remark that drew supportive responses from co-workers. AMR said the postings violated its Internet policies, but an NLRB investigation ruled the postings constituted “protected concerted activity” (activity for the mutual aid and protection of employees, like discussions about wages or working conditions). The company is saying that derogatory remarks about a supervisor do not constitute concerted activity.

New case may prevent employees from getting fired over derogatory Facebook comments | TechRepublic


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