Whether you wanna believe or not, there are many employers that closely monitor computer use these days and unfortunately for Misty Roberson, her employer was one of them.
Two weeks after posting an update to friends and family about her daughter’s illness, her company fired her for it. Stating the Facebook post about her sick daughter violated their social media policy. *sigh*
Details + video below…
According to Roberson, in early October her daughter had a fever and she was able to get an appointment at Harbin Clinic Pediatrics where she worked for nine years as a clerk and had to take her daughter to a different walk-in clinic.
Like so many other moms on Facebook, Roberson updated her status to notify friends & family about her daughter’s condition, stating:
After being at the immediate care for two hours, I finally have answers to what was wrong with Alli’s fever because work had no appointments. Can you believe it?”
30+ people posted comments under Roberson’s Facebook post, saying things like the clinic “never had appointments and they never could get us in.”
According to WXIA-TV, about three weeks later, the clinic’s manager called Roberson into an office and fired her, telling her that she’d failed to follow her employer’s social media policy.
A copy of the policy was provided to the station, and it reportedly prohibits employees from making “defamatory” or “disrespectful” comments about Harbin.
An employment attorney advising Roberson says that she believes that Roberson’s right to free speech was violated and they plan to fight to get her job back.
The attorney offered others a few words of wisdom to hopefully prevent something like this from happening to you:
The first thing is to just be careful what you write on Facebook.
Know that your employee may be looking at it and that you might still get fired. (even if it’s an illegal firing.)
And if you’re talking about something that’s true and working conditions… that’s not defamatory, it’s not illegal and it’s protected speech. …even if it’s on social media
What are your thoughts on this situation?
Should Roberson have been terminated for her statements?