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Fired For Facebook Remarks

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It’s one thing to complain about your job or your boss to your friends in the privacy of your home, but when you take it to a social networking site like Facebook you are making your opinions public for all to see.  One Connecticut woman found this out the hard way when she was fired from her job after making disparaging remarks about her boss on her personal Facebook page.  Her boss may have been offended, but was this grounds to have her terminated from her job?

The National Labor Relations Board doesn’t think so.  A recent report from CNN discusses the complaint they filed against the Connecticut ambulance service where the woman worked in what could be a precedent-setting case.  The labor board claims that the company illegally fired her and refused to allow her representation through her union after she made several critical remarks about her supervisor on Facebook.  One of the remarks the employee made was comparing her boss to a psychiatric patient. It is also being reported that she used vulgarities regarding her boss in some of the other comments she made.

According to the labor board’s Joanthan Kreisberg the employee was not breaking any rules and should not have been fired.  Kreisberg says, “You are permitted to talk about terms and conditions with employees or anyone else, it’s public because you are protected under the National Labor Act.”  The ambulance service, American Medical Response, being accused of firing the employee denies the reason for firing her was due to her Facebook comments.  Instead, they insist they fired her because of complaints that she was rude to patients.

What do you think of an employee being fired for making critical remarks about her/his employer?

Do you think people should refrain from making complaints about their work public on personal social networking sites?


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  • LilyLex By LilyLex
    12.08.10  

    I think she should have been more careful what she was saying. I feel like this was very childish. She should have been way more professional and talked to her co-worker in person if she had a problem.

  • Mrsestrada By Mrsestrada
    12.06.10  

    Whats the difference between slander online and slander behind someones back, it's both wrong,. Some people are sensitive but I agree you should watch what you say. I don't have co-workers on my Facebook just in case I want to vent but there should be a limit for everything!! We want freedom of speech but want to set limits, can't please everyone.

  • MyEmptyCanvas By MyEmptyCanvas
    12.05.10  

    1) don't add / request everybody you met ONCE at the office as your "friend" & 2) change your privacy settings or put some of your so-called "friends" (that you know you only say hi & bye to) on "limited profile" usage. I say that because it sounds like that person in this story was adding or befriending every dang body or had her profile just out there for the world to see.Though i do believe in free speech, no matter online or in real life, I also believe in common sense too ... but then again, that's not so common though.

  • sharman421 By sharman421
    11.30.10  

    Face it! We are in the technological age in which everybody's business is everywhere! And with a few clicks of the mouse one can find out just about anything about anyone. Venting via email or on facebook is out there, but some treat it like a phone call or a personal letter to a friend. How many write letters anymore?!!! Isn't everyone entitled to opinions? Should they get fired over them? Not sure about that. Obviously, there were issues between this woman and her boss. The boss was not big enough to let her vent or to make amends!

  • AmberM By AmberM
    11.22.10  

    I think that everyone has a right to write whatever they want on there facebook as long as they are not threating someone! People can be so lame sometimes! I mean come on really? I would never fire someone over a stupid facebook posting! GROW UP PEOPLE!

  • yamagirl By yamagirl
    11.21.10  

    I Believe that some stuff just should not be written no matter what or where. If i have a problem with coworkers, my boss, or even family. I would never put it in writting. Should they get fried? I really don't know.

  • newyearsknight By newyearsknight
    11.18.10  

    I feel as though she was just letting off steam on a social site. It is her right to speak as she wishes. I have to wonder why the employer looked up her facebook to read comments though. Sounds to me as though he was trying to get rid of her from the start and figured he could get away with it now. Freedom of speech gives us the right to say what we want, when we want. It was her facebook, not his, and he was free to post his own comments in retaliation not push his big power around.

  • CrystalBurgard By CrystalBurgard
    11.18.10  

    Harsh criticism?? I believe the one who STARTED all the harsh criticism was the EMPLOYEE who posted it in the first place!! HER harsh criticism of her boss got her fired!

  • deligirl191 By deligirl191
    11.18.10  

    we are not even allowed to say where we work let alone say anything about it

  • crysrocke By crysrocke
    11.17.10  

    With some of the comments being posted I'm glad it's wasn't me. People are rough and ready to hurt others. With all the horrific crimes that other people are doing, I disagree that she should have been fired for such a minute thing. The National Labor Relations Board also agrees with me. I'm sure now with all the attention she'll get a better job and hopefully a more mature and professional boss. Lighten up people and be kind to others. Harsh criticism is a sign of weakness.

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