Life Lessons: Fired by Facebook
Updated On: May 21 2013 07:32:40 AM CDT
Do you mix Facebook and work?
A Cisco Technology study finds 70 percent of young professionals admit to friending their boss or co-worker.
But what you post on social media could cost you your job.
For eight years Misty Roberson worked as a clerk in a pediatrician's office. About her job, Misty says she, "Loved it! I never had any intentions of leaving there."
She consistently received high marks on evaluations.
But a post she made one day on Facebook changed everything!
Misty's daughter, a patient at the clinic, was sick and Misty couldn't get an appointment for her.
Misty explains, "That night I had posted on my Facebook, 'After two and half hours of being at the immediate care, I finally have answers because work had no appointments. Can you believe it?'"
Shortly after she was called into her manager's office.
"They just told me that I was being terminated because I had violated social media policy."
Attorney Amanda Farahany alleges the clinic's policy is illegal and violated Misty's right to free speech.
"People are actually allowed to communicate about the workplace, " says Farahany.
But she says workers should be very cautious when posting about their jobs.
Some tips - set up two accounts, one for friends, one for professional relationships.
Don't post personal info or pictures you don't want others to see.
Know your company's social media policy, and take advantage of privacy features, but realize your company can access everything if you've posted from their computers.
Farahany warns, "If you're on the company's computers, it's not private."
That includes any emails you send from personal accounts. Misty is taking legal action against the clinic.
"I want them to realize that they've hurt me, " she says.
But she says she's extra careful these days. "I'm scared to write anything now on Facebook."
According to the National Labor Relations Board, workers should be allowed to talk about work conditions without fear of punishment, but the rules are clearly still being written.
Copyright 2013 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Berks man dies in accident after hitting tree, overturning vehicle
Berks man charged in theft of millions in public money
Woman killed, 2 others injured in crash that closed Pa. Turnpike
Deadly pedestrian accident investigated as hit-and-run, police say
Allentown teacher dies in motorcycle accident
Phillipsburg band teacher arrested, charged for taping student
Womelsdorf man struck, killed trying to cross Route 422
PPL proposes new 725-mile regional transmission line
Carjackers' plan fails when gun falls apart, police say
Traffic flagger struck by vehicle, killed in Schuylkill County