by Maria Greco Danaher, Esq., Ogletree Deakins
Recent court decisions concerning employment law and social media have centered on whether disciplinary decisions regarding employees’ online postings may violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
The NLRA protects certain employee “concerted activities” aimed at discussing or improving working conditions, and precludes interference with such communications, including online messages.
However, employees have brought other legal causes of action against employers for so-called “Facebook firings.”
Recently, a Texas appeals court was asked to determine whether firing an employee because of a Facebook post violated that employee’s state law privacy rights. The court held that it did not. (Roberts v. CareFlite, No. 02-12-00105, Texas Court of Appeals, 2012)
‘Wanted to slap’ patient
Janis was a paramedic with CareFlite, a helicopter ambulance service. Janis posted on ...(register to read more)