Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Firings over personal Facebook and Twitter content (sometimes posted by others) accumulate like big wet snowflakes; are people responsible for what others post about them?

Reports of people being fired for their social media activity (on their own dimes, away from the job) are mounting on the web, and sometimes the terminations happen because of what other people post about you of even of images they post of “you”.
The NBC Steve Harvey show Monday presented a woman who was fired from a school when her daughter posted a picture of her drinking on Twitter (link ).  It seems though a few schools have very short fuses about the idea of teachers being seen drinking anywhere.  And you never know who could photograph you in a bar with your image winding up somewhere on the web.  What could someone do about this?

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia implemented a policy to discipline or terminate employees who didn’t report negative comments made about the bank’s brand by their social media “friends”,  story here.  I cannot fathom what my friends say about a company on Facebook; I don’t monitor my friends that way.

A substitute teacher near Richmond VA was fired after a former student made accusations of an affair online (story).

Flowtown has a posting suggesting that many employers expect their associates to monitor their own social profiles and remove compromising content placed by others, link here. I have encountered negative content (emails on listservers) only very rarely myself. 
Huffington Post has an article “13 tweets that got people canned”.  One of these was a health care HIPAA violation, link.  

In the video above, a nurse was fired for showing a picture of an unidentifiable diabetic patient's feet (or perhaps balding legs) on social media.  Another HIPAA violation?
It will be interesting to see how the reported new NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) rules for social media and blogging policies play out.

On Feb. 5, WJLA reported the firing of a woman from a bank after she was stalked by an out-of-town jilted boyfriend who then misused her images on the web to imply she was a prostitute and porn star.  The stalker was eventually apprehended, but I don't think she got her job back.  

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