Wednesday, April 04, 2012

School system asks for Facebook access for teacher's aide; another company connects social media abuse to "hostile workplace" legal risk

ABC News is reporting at least two more cases of employees being disciplined over Facebook-related activity.

In one case, a teacher’s aide took a picture of a coworker, somewhat compromising, perhaps, and posted it with permission.  The school asked for permission to see her page, without the Union present. There is some question as to whether union representation matters in social media questions with teachers and school employees.  This case also reminds us that photographs of people in public are starting to create controversy (even just within the past year, compared to how things were two years ago) because of the possibility that others could tag the photo (although Facebook offers ways for the subject of the photo to refuse to be tagged). 

In another case, someone vented on Facebook on a public page and was fired for being “disrespectful of other employees in a public forum”.  The company claimed that her Facebook post could create a “hostile workplace environment”, a point I have been making about managers (or people with direct reports) when they blog about controversial materials, as far back as 2000. 

The link for the story is here.  There are two short videos that will play in sequence; watch them both.  See earlier similar story March 14. 

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