NLRB Files Complaint Against Company That Fired Employee Over Facebook Post
An interesting complaint has been filed by the National Labor Relations Board against an ambulance company that fired an employee for complaining about her boss on Facebook. The company, American Medical Response, has a policy prohibiting employees "from making disparaging, discriminatory or defamatory comments" about the company, superiors, co-workers or competitors, the Hartford Courant reports.
The Courant notes that the complaint is the first ever brought by the NLRB to protect an employee's right to make such a post. The NLRB claims that complaining on Facebook is protected activity because "employees have the right to discuss work conditions with each other."
The company has publicly stated that it contests the NLRB's allegations, and the firing was due to "multiple, serious issues," and not only the Facebook post. The Courant reports that the case will be heard by an NLRB judge in January.
Posted by Bruce Carton on November 5, 2010 at 01:33 PM | Permalink
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