Can Your Employer Legally Fire You for Something You Said Online?

Can Your Employer Legally Fire You for Something You Said Online?

[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]At last count, according to Statistic Brain, more than two billion people use popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. While much of what happens on Facebook, for example, can be boiled down to sharing videos, pictures, and witty quips you find interesting, it’s not exactly unheard of for workers to take to their favorite social site to complain about their jobs. As the number of social media users grow and these platforms become an increasingly normalized medium for sharing your thoughts on everything from your tyrannical boss to what you had for lunch, American law is struggling to keep up. Unless you’ve been in a cave for the last few years, you’d know that there have been multiple clashes between employee and employer after the former was terminated for saying something untoward on social media. Naturally, thanks to the technological grey area, disenfranchised employees are looking to employment attorneys to fight against what they perceive to be wrongful dismissal. This begs the question: is it a violation of employee laws, not to mention the U.S. Constitution, to fire someone for expressing their opinions on social media? Does Being Fired for an Action on Social Media Violate Your Rights as an Employee? According to the National Labor Relations Act, employees have the right to take to social media as a group to complain about or otherwise address their working conditions. For many, the NLRB can be interpreted to mean that employees acting as individuals have the same rights, meaning that using a Facebook status, for example, to complain about long hours or poor pay is in fact...