The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered a New York City tour bus company to reinstate a tour guide who was fired because of what he wrote on Facebook. The board ruled that his postings were protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act.
The tour guide complained on Facebook about his employer, New York Party Shuttle. He decried his lack of benefits and griped that his paycheck had once bounced. He urged his fellow tour guides to consider forming a union.
The Party Shuttle folks read the posts and decided the party was over for the guide. He was fired.
That prompted him to file a complaint with the NLRB, which ruled in his favor and ordered the employer to reinstate him with back pay.
Note: The NLRB has recently stepped up its focus on social media to ensure employee rights are protected.
- Sometimes, employees just need thick skins—co-worker snubs aren't retaliation
- Warn managers: Don't make assumptions about pregnant employee's capabilities
- Can we really not fire an employee who has been called to jury duty?
- Snuff out gossip about firings; don't forward damaging e-mail
- Pave the road to termination