At The Podium
Facebook: Friend or Foe?
Tony G. Puckett
Employees sharing their workplace experiences on Facebook and other social media has become rather commonplace, but what is an employer to do when it believes a worker’s online comments have crossed the line, causing damage to its business and reputation? And what if one employee simply “likes” another’s disparaging online comments about the employer? Does the employer have any recourse, or are the employee’s comments considered protected speech?
While speaking before the Western Oklahoma Human Resources (WOKHR) SHRM group in Weatherford, Oklahoma, labor and employment attorney Tony Puckett delves into this hot topic and discusses cases in which the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has weighed in on the issue, trying to determine whether one’s online activities are considered “concerted activity” under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, or whether the employee’s comments were “sufficiently disloyal or defamatory” so as to lose their protection.