46° F

Life Lessons: Fired by Facebook

Published On: May 21 2013 05:53:58 AM EDT   Updated On: May 21 2013 08:32:40 AM EDT

What you post on social media could cost you your job.

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.