Social Media Policies

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1. The NLRB has made findings regarding the use of employee posts on Social Media sites to discipline or terminate those employees. Typically these cases occur when an employee posts “negative” information about their current employer or boss. Sometimes these are “public” and other times the employer uses “spies” or “fake friending” to see the Facebook page of the employee.
Find at least one case or article online regarding this topic, and briefly explain the facts of the case, and the determination of the NLRB as to whether the employee was properly or improperly disciplined or terminated as a result of their use of Social Media to complain about, criticize, or publicly bash their company or boss. Provide the citation to the article you discover. (Use the term “concerted activity” in your query or search to help you find one of these cases.) (20 points)
In an article obtained from the site NixonPeabody.com dated May 11, 2012, it appears three employees of a retail store were wrongfully fired because of Facebook discussions. The employees had made formal complaints about working late hours in a neighborhood where they did not feel safe. To their dissatisfaction, there was never a permanent resolution generated from the issue even with the owner involved. Obviously frustrated, the employees made posts on Facebook where they vented and made comments such as, “I’m physically and mentally sickened” (Devendra & Jackson). Once the company discovered the posts were made, they soon fired two of the three employees and later fired the third employee.
The findings of the NLRB proved that the employer was in the wrong for firing each employee. “The decision concluded that the Facebook comments were protected concerted activity because the postings were a continuation of the employees’ efforts to raise concerns about working late in an unsafe neighborhood” (Devendra…...

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