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Social Network cruel statements

Can an employee be fired for stating cruel untruths about other employee or about the corporation on a social network, such as facebook. Can former employees be sued for the same comments?

The answer to both questions is yes, and many employers are facing this situation. Most employers have a policy that permits them to fire an employee who says negative things about the employer or coworkers in a public forum. This rule can be invoked to terminate an employee who spreads negative information via facebook, even if that information is true.

You can also take legal action against the employee, which will be more effective if the employees remarks are untrue.

You can take both of these actions even if you do not have a formal policy on social networking in place. In addition, every employer should craft a social networking and Internet policy that reminds employees that everything they say on the Internet is permanent, and that their Internet presence should be professional and reflect positively on the company at all times.


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