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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

More Examples of Employees Fired Because of Social Media

Readers of this blog will not be surprised to hear that employers are not hesitating to terminate employees for their personal social media activities. In previous posts, we have told you about firefighters, police officers, child care workers, teachers, and other employees whose jobs were terminated for social media posts they made on their personal time and on personal accounts.  

Recent developments in Charlottesville and Texas have resulted in a number of new incidents of employees being terminated for personal social media activities, including the following:

A University of Tampa professor was recently fired for posting the following on Twitter:
I don't believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesn't care about them.
A tire company employee in Arizona was fired for responding to a Facebook post about protesting President Trump's visit to Phoenix:
You are all pathetic. Can't wait to drive through. 4x4 with push bumper will be sweet in this crowd. I named my lifted truck 'trumper." 
It's not just their own social media posts that can land employees in hot water. According to news reports, multiple individuals who allegedly attended the Charlottesville rally have been terminated after their photographs at the rally circulated on social media. Two restaurant employees were recently fired from a Minneapolis diner after their employer discovered photographs of the employees wearing Nazi apparel and displaying white supremacy paraphernalia on social media.

The lesson?  While social media can be a great way to share your views about recent news and events, it can also get you fired.  Just another installment of "be careful what you post."

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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