Your Facebook Postings Could Come Back to Haunt You
In case you didn’t know, and just in case you’ve been living under a rock for at least the last ten years, NOTHING is private on the internet. Hello!???
Your Facebook postings could come back to haunt you.
The British Columbia Labour Relations board has upheld the firings of two employees who were stupid enough to “slag” their employer in Facebook. Duh! If they weren’t really fired for slagging their employer, they should have been fired for their stupidity. Nothing is private on the internet. Tell your teenagers this.
This case is believed to be the first of its kind in Canada and let it serve as a warning: don’t be stupid and don’t put stuff on the internet that might be found later by your employer, your spouse, your future employer or any of your future enemies. Look at what is currently happening to Julian Assange and some nervous government officials with the leaking of government documents in the current Wiki Leaks Cables crisis. Oh no! Nothing is private. What else is new?
The lawyer for the employer who was slagged in Facebook says there are more of these cases to come. No doubt. Donald Richards, the attorney for the employer (a British Columbia car dealership) said that his case was easy because he had some pretty extreme facts in hand. These two dumbos who got fired were saying nasty, stupid things like accusing their employer of “being crooked,” “accusing their managers of performing homosexual acts,” (who cares?) and “mused about committing acts of violence against them.” Case closed. Now that’s serious. Seriously stupid. I would hazard a guess that nobody told these two bimbos that your Facebook postings could come back to haunt you. Maybe they should have done a bit a reading to educate themselves while surfing the internet.