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Yearly Archives: 2010

NLRB’s Facebook Firing Complaint NOT a Ruling, but Still a Good Reminder

A nationally featured story involving a “Facebook Firing” is making a lot of waves, but is all this attention warranted yet? The story is that of Dawnmarie Souza who in Facebook posts referred to her supervisor at American Medical Response (AMR) as (among other things) a “scumbag.” While the juicy details make for interesting water cooler conversation, this case is, so far, legally insignificant. Contrary to many reports, there has been no “ruling” in this case by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), only a “Complaint” by a Regional Office. However, although the law has not changed and no decision has yet been issued, this case does remind employers (both unionized and union free) to consider the implications of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) on their social media policies.

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