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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tweet Gets Employee Fired Before She Even Started the Job!

By: Peter J. Lamont, Esq.

In all of my HR seminars I explain the perils of improper social media usage to employers and employees.  Here is yet another example of how NOT to use social media. 

The day before a Texas woman started her new job at Jet's Pizza in Mansfield, Tx, she posted the following tweet, “Ew, I start this F*%#ing A*% job tomorrow” followed by seven “thumbs down” emojis. 

When her soon-to-be boss, Robert Waple, caught wind, he tweeted back, “No you don’t start that FA job today! I just fired you! Good luck with your no-money, no-job life!”

Remember, Federal labor law does give employees (at both union and nonunion shops) the right to use social media to collectively discuss wages and work conditions. But you can still discipline workers who drop such unsolicited e-bombs on your company.

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