3rd Circuit allows Termination Over Social Media

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Social media has increasingly become a space for people to share their opinions and experiences, even the ones that might not be the most professional. Recently, the 3rd Circuit Court ruled that businesses can terminate employees based on their social media postings according to Lisa Burden’s HR Drive article.

According to the article, a woman was fired from her position at BNY Mellon after posting a comment on a Facebook post about a man who drove through a crowd of protestors. The comment read, “‘Total BS. Too bad he didn’t have a bus to plow through.’” The plaintiff, a white woman, attempted to sue under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and lost the case.

First Response recognizes the importance of a respectful company culture. Even with actions taken outside of work, company values are critical. Our resources will help you build your ideal workplace culture through your own  HR Advisor as well as our Employee Hotline.

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