Almost since the inception of social media and their mobile apps, workers have turned to these platforms to let off a little steam in the middle of the work day. And everyone that has said something in relation to their job, whether the company name was mentioned or not, has felt that they can say what they want on their accounts and not feel the repercussions of that company’s retaliation. Personal, I can’t tell you how many meetings I have been in at my employee and the issue has come up with some members of management asking, more so demanding, that we refrain from making comments on such forums while other managers have said go for if it makes it easier to get through your day.
While, there is new ruling in court this week that states that employees are allowed to vent about their working conditions without putting their jobs on the line. This is a slap in the face of those supervisors and managers that I have removed from my friends list over the years that have made references of pending disciplinary action based on my status updates whether they were received correctly or not.
Check out this article from Forbes.com
Employees Can’t Be Fired for Facebook Complaints, Judge Says
Outside the workplace, though, reactions to negative social media comment may not get people fired, but they can get them ousted from an establishment. This was the case for Allison Matsu, who was having drinks at Houston’s Down House and posted a tweet calling the bartender a “twerp.”