Company Settles Facebook Firing Case Initiated by NLRB

February 08, 2011 2 COMMENTS

The case involving an employee who was discharged after posting disparaging comments about her supervisor on her Facebook page has been settled, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced in a news release yesterday. The NLRB caused a wave of unease among employers when it filed the case against American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc. (AMR), on October 27, 2010.

The NLRB complaint asserted that AMR violated the National Labor Relations Act when it discharged Dawnmarie Souza for posting comments about her boss on her Facebook page and responding to related comments posted by her coworkers because such activity was protected. The complaint also claimed that AMR maintained “overly broad” rules on blogging, posting on the Internet, and communications between employees in its employee handbook and alleged that AMR illegally denied Souza union representation during an investigatory interview.

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NLRB Backs Employee’s Right to Bad-Mouth Supervisor on Facebook

November 05, 2010 2 COMMENTS

by Jonathan Sterling and James Goodfellow

An employer’s blogging and social networking policy that prohibits employees from posting disparaging comments online about coworkers or their employer has been deemed unlawful by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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