Fired because of Facebook!!!
I worked for a company for two years. I posted on Facebook "Heading off to hell, hope Satan isn't working today."...or..."I can't believe people really can't add and subtract WTF"... and then commenting on a friend (also ex-employee) that she "needed to contact "bob" soon and "bob" would be there on Monday."
I was told that postings on Social networking sites were against company policy and with recent complaint from a customer (the day before they fired me a customer complained about something I did over a month ago and lied about what was said and done. And it was on video which they never bothered to look at.) my services were no longer needed and to turn in my keys.
Can I collect unemployment because of this?? I didn't mention what the job was, who it referred to, what the reason was or anything else on facebook. They said it was portraying the company negatively. The person that reported the FB post was a coworker who was pissed at me for something I still don't know what. And the girl that complained is the coworkers cousin.
I never signed anything saying I wouldn't have a fb page. I was never provided a copy of the policies however they were on the intranet. One time they sent an email telling us that if we see something negative about woodforest to not comment on it and turn it in to the MGT team. I didn't say the job SUCKED or the company Sucked... my asst manager was a jerk and everyone knew it.
Misconduct must be related to the work.
Also, when we accept a job, one of the obligations we owe to an employer that pays us, is to not "harm their interests", but to do our work in their best interest.
So, I do not think an employer can reasonably have a policy that demands an employee not have a
facebook page, but they can reasonably fire an employee without out much fear if an employee posts something detrimental which can be reasoned to of caused harm to their best interest .. even on your own FB page.
Mostly, I would say companies have good cause to be worried about their public image especially if they behave like little dictators who think of employees as basically, indentured servants with no rights of their own.
I can tell you that if it's just the facebook posts being cited as the final incident and a post is the good cause for a discharge which still must be proven to be work related misconduct
. I would begin with investigating if the post can be argued as not misconduct .. because you said that you did not personally identify anyone or anything.
In the future, all at-will employees need to keep misconduct in mind when posting on personal social media pages about their job and pause a moment and use a touch more discretion about what they post about their job .. at least if their job as living, is a necessary thing they need to protect.
Posts on social networks are like climbing on top of your roof and yelling to those in your immediate vicinity.
But, like sound, even social post can carry uphill, meaning anyone who can see the post can share it with their circle.
You're not the first fired for somethiing they wrote on their facebook wall and you won't be the last.
Even Unemployment-Tips.com has a facebook page
, but I still try to keep that page, separate from my personal page for the primary reason .. I have a lot of "conservative family" and I don't want any of them to get their panties in a twist and forget why they love me .. because after all .. I'm really just a wannabe kumbaya kinda of gal .. with an attitude