If You Hate Your Boss On Facebook, One Federal Agency May Have Your Back : Monkey See : NPR


Work-related grousing is so common that it’s tempting to suspect that the earliest cave drawings are actually complex inside jokes about meetings that ran long.

And in this age of not only social media but super-social media, it’s not uncommon for employees to get in trouble over things they post on the Internet. But earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint saying that an ambulance service violated the federal National Labor Relations Act by firing an employee for criticizing her supervisor on Facebook.

According to the NLRB’s news release, a customer made a complaint about the employee, and she was asked to prepare a report on the matter. She asked for a union representative, but was denied. She went home that day and started making negative comments on Facebook about her supervisor — and she was joined by co-workers.

The crux of the issue as the NLRB explains it is that generally, federal law protects covered employees when they engage in “concerted activity” discussing their employment conditions, even when their union (if they have one) isn’t directly involved. The NLRB has a page where it states that this would include, among other things, “2 or more employees discussing pay or other work-related issues with each other.”

 

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via If You Hate Your Boss On Facebook, One Federal Agency May Have Your Back : Monkey See : NPR.

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