Thursday, September 05, 2013
Terminated for Facebook Post
Here are a few lessons from this story:
Work friends are not real friends
Do not share your inner most thoughts with your co-workers. They may not be good at keeping secrets or worse yet may use this information against you or to better their own career.
Do not friend your co-workers on Facebook:
This includes clients, vendors and business associates. Business and work-related contacts belong on LinkedIn, not Facebook.
You never know who will stumble across your posts:
Clients, vendors, neighbors, or your husband's ex-wife – you just never know. Your inner-most thoughts belong in your personal journal not on Facebook. I know of someone not hired for her dream job because her Facebook postings were not in line with the company’s mission. Even charity work can be held against you if it is for the wrong political party, religious affiliation or agency.
Be careful what you write in an email:
Emails can be forwarded and archived. They can also be submitted as evidence in court cases.
In most states, employment is at will:
That means your employer can fire you at their discretion for any reason, even if there is no reason.
If at all possible do not sign anything:
If you sign a letter of resignation you may have difficulty collecting unemployment benefits.
Owners of small and family owned companies may take your displeasure with working at their company personal:
I know of more than one employee who was terminated after their boss learned they were looking for another job. I even know of one who was terminated when her manager overheard her telling a vendor her life (meaning her job) was a hellish nightmare. Keep your job-dissatisfaction to yourself until after you've secured a new position. Even then never burn a bridge. You never know where your boss or former co-workers may end up.
Always apply for unemployment:
Hating your job is not considered misconduct by most state’s unemployment panels. If you can prove you were coerced into resigning, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Submit a claim to your state's employment security department. After receiving separation information from both you and your employer they will make a determination. If gross conduct can't be proven typically benefits are granted.
Do you have any lessons to add? Do you know of anyone who was not hired or terminated because of Facebook?