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Legal Alert: Employers Should Review Social Media Policies

02/10/2011

Last October, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint alleging that an employer had committed unfair labor practices when it disciplined an employee for posting negative comments regarding her supervisor on her Facebook page from home.  The employer had disciplined the employee for breach of the employer’s Internet policies, which prohibited employees from posting pictures depicting the company in any way and from making disparaging, discriminatory or defamatory comments when discussing the company, superiors or co-workers and/or competitors.  The NLRB complaint alleged that the employee’s post on her Facebook page was a protected concerted activity and that the employer’s blogging and Internet posting policies were unlawful because they interfered with the employee’s right to engage in protected concerted activities.

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