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Hot Doggin’ on Facebook: Relish the Lessons

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Are you scratching your head over all the new Facebook litigation? Who knows which employee comments are considered “protected concerted activity” or when you can legally fire workers who socially slam your company. Well, here’s a new Facebook case that involves hot dogs. The courts are on a roll, so relish these new lessons …

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Bill October 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm

This is simply another ridiculous extension of the new NLRB social media policies. Unless the employees Facebook page was accessible only to other employees, it’s difficult to see how it’s concerted activity. With whom was he acting in concert? When an employee makes a statement denigrating his or her employer to an audience that extends well beyond co-employees , the employer should have the right to discipline the employee. If the employee had erected a billboard to make the same point, would that be concerted action simply because other employees might drive by the billboard.

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Suncoastgal October 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I have to agree that hot dogs at a BMW dealership is kind of chintzy which I am sure was the point he was trying to make. They could have more wisely spent the money on upscale hors d’oevres that would be more in the line of their clientele. But posting of pictures of an accident with the irreverent comments were totally irresponsible. It comes down to content and motive. I have to agree with the courts. All of your dirty laundry does not have to be hung up for everyone to see!

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k October 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Whereas, I agree an employer should not fire anyone for inappropriate comments about an organization via a social media site. I do find it funny that in today’s world no one seems to think it might be wrong to post something negative about a boss, co-worker or employer. We would be a lot better off if people quit thinking about how they feel or how something affects them and only them. Forgive me, but seriously how old are these people? This is mistakes grade school children make, not by adults established in their career.

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