As soon as Facebook use became ubiquitous, we started hearing about more and more people who have lost their jobs due to the service. There are plenty of stories, from those caught skipping work to attend a Halloween party, to those who just unloaded on their boss after a bad day. Although people tend to be careless, they are still entitled to voice their grievances to their co-workers and other people around them. That’s exactly what a Connecticut court ruled a few days ago, and that employers should not restrict their workers from talking about their jobs on social media sites.
So What is the Story?
In 2009 Souza, an American Medical Response of Connecticut worker, was fired from her job after posting an expletive-filled status message on her Facebook complaining about her supervisor and job. The National Labor Relations Board picked up her case and filed a complaint against the company and won it. The ruling was that employees have the right, and the protection of the government, to express their opinions about their jobs and working conditions on social media sites. This will surely change quite a few thing when it comes to corporate acceptable internet usage policies in the USA.