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Complaining on FB

OPB | Feb. 9, 2011 9 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 9:52 p.m.

An ambulance company in Connecticut fired one of their emergency medical technicians after she criticized her boss on Facebook. Soon after, the National Labor Review Board sued the company saying that federal employment law — specifically the right to free speech protected speech*— allowed her to say what she wanted. The company claimed they fired her because of her work and ended up settling. They also agreed to change their internet policy that had restricted what employees could say online about the company and supervisors.

Should employers be able to restrict their employees from talking about their jobs on Facebook and other social media?

Do you post about your job on Facebook? Do you tweet what your boss or colleagues did today? What resitrictions, if any, should be placed by bosses, on the use of personal social media?

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