Well, here is something I think will be of interest to many business owners. If you are a boss and your staffers vent on social media about their jobs – you have no recourse.
The law says that employees are allowed to vent and the government protects these workers’ rights to say almost anything they want about where they work even if it is mean-spirited or insulting. It is illegal for an employee to be fired for a post about working conditions, whether it is regarding to pay, hours, tasks, difficult supervisors or any other issue.
Social media proves that it can be a boom or bust to a business. Employers have very little rights under the law when it comes to protecting their businesses against the wrath of angry workers.
One of the few times an Employer is protected is if the poster is giving out trade secrets, financial information or posting about clients or customers. Employees can be fired for postings that are racist, homophobic, sexist or discriminatory. But, calling their supervisor out is not grounds for firing.
Has freedom of speech gone too far when the employee is protected as they bash you or your business? What do you think? Share with us.
Also, one thing I will remind business owners of: If your store is not unionized your workers are considered “at will” employees. They can be dismissed with no reason whatsoever in most cases. Hint, hint!