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Employees Post Info Online At Their Own Risk

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Would you discipline an employee for posting racist or otherwise offensive material on his Facebook or MySpace page, if it was done on his own time using his own equipment?


In the borough of Paramus, NJ, a public worker employed by the Shade Tree and Parks Commission was recently suspended without pay for allegedly posting racist remarks on his Facebook page.


On January 19, which was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the employee allegedly posted a greeting on his personal Facebook page wishing everyone "a happy James Earl Ray day." (James Earl Ray assassinated King.) The employee's Facebook page also featured a Kentucky Fried Chicken ad superimposed over an image of the White House. A racist slur was also used in referring to President Obama.


Although there are no allegations that the employee posted these things using borough equipment or during work hours, the employee identified himself as a borough employee ...(register to read more)

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