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Fired for what you say online? Oh yes you can!

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
http://money.cnn.com/2005/02/14/news...ex.htm?cnn=yes

Like in the much debated topic of the kid who was expelled for something he said online, you too can be fired if you say the wrong thing online. Seems some companies are cracking down on blogs.

Is Big Brother everywhere???
post #2 of 16
wow... thats just ridiculous. Is nothing sacred anymore!?
post #3 of 16
If you're blabbing about your workplace, and I would assume he was blabbing negativley, or about others in his workplace then I understand it. However, if a person just has a blog for personal stuff, it's none of the employers business.
post #4 of 16
I totally agree with Mom of Franz. If it is personal chat, then who cares. But going on-line, where your negative talk about your employers and workplace can be read by anyone around the world who has internet access is a different thing. Customers of the place, your coworkers and your bosses could run across that stuff, and it could negatively impact the business. That's called slander. Think of it this way, would you be surprised if a guy got fired for standing in the office waiting room and talking about how poorly run the office is, how your boss is an @#$^#, and how hot so-and-so's rear is? I wouldn't. Those same folks in the waiting room could put in a search under the company name and read that same talk in a blog. It's a public forum.
post #5 of 16
The Internet travels and the person who was badmouthing his employer should have realized that before he blogged. They probably felt they couldn't trust him any longer, and integrity goes far with big companies.
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
When I read the article, I could understand firing someone for badmouthing the company they work for, but what bothered me was the woman who was fired for posting a picture on her blog that her employer felt was "inappropriate". That crosses the line, IMO, but at the same time it is "at-will" employment so I guess it's legal.
post #7 of 16
I guess it would all depend on what the picture showed? If she is supposed to be a prim and proper air hostess and she publishes a picture of herself in a thong? Of course unless she is wearing her airline pin who could tell?

Long ago I knew a girl that worked at the courthouse, and she delighted in gossiping about the cases . Her job lasted two months before she was bounced out- she was just a file clerk
post #8 of 16
Don't say anything on the Net you wouldn't want the whole world to hear. Because if you're on the Internet, the whole world may just hear it!
post #9 of 16
He worked for Google! Did he think they wouldn't see it?
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by hissy
I guess it would all depend on what the picture showed? If she is supposed to be a prim and proper air hostess and she publishes a picture of herself in a thong? Of course unless she is wearing her airline pin who could tell?

Long ago I knew a girl that worked at the courthouse, and she delighted in gossiping about the cases . Her job lasted two months before she was bounced out- she was just a file clerk
Talking about cases is a very different thing. You literally sign forms stating confidentiality. I *still* don't talk about cases I worked on over 10 years ago!

Now blogs....I think if companies are afraid of employees blog comments they need to look at why. I mean what did this guy say about google? what are they afraid of? Did they counsel the guy first? I would be bothered if they didn't warn him first. And then set up of apolicy and make it clear no blogging about the company. This new generation of kids blog like we used the phone.

Remember the Dilbert guy was on staff at PacBell, right near where i live, for years before they laid him off and he was royally making fun of them.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by hissy
I guess it would all depend on what the picture showed? If she is supposed to be a prim and proper air hostess and she publishes a picture of herself in a thong? Of course unless she is wearing her airline pin who could tell?
If its a private blog, not on a company site, then she could post a naked picture of herself unless she identifies herself in the picture as a company employee!
post #12 of 16
wow
post #13 of 16
hmm i just opened an account on blog... i dont think i will use it
post #14 of 16
I know I've refrained from saying things I would have really liked to on this site, for fear of someone at the shelter reading it and figuring out it was me. In fact, some of the stuff I've said could get some of the other volunteers pretty mad, and I'd probably be told never to come back. I just make sure to be as vague as I can.

And I never ever, ever use my real name. Not on e-mail accounts, or on blogs, or on software registration.

If I've learned one thing from hanging out around hackers, online is not private.
post #15 of 16
The internet is very public so it's the electronic equivalent of standing on a very busy corner telling veryone who walks past what you think on any subject. I think we all sometimes forget just how public the internet is.


If someone was on TV and they said all the things they didn't like about the company they were working for and they were fired would there be as big an outcry? I think if you are blogging, you have to expect that there are thousands of people reading it. If you want to keep a private diary either write it in Word and save it on your hard drive (as long as it's not a work computer) or use a pen! Otherwise, i think you have to know that someone you know or work with is eventually going to read your blogg and if you have been bagging the company or a person then you have to accept the consequences. Freedom of speech is a right but it doesn't mean that we can slander people or companies indiscriminantly. If i wouldn't say something to someone i wouldn't blogg it. Some things should be kept to yourself. If you need to vent then do so with a friend or if you have to do it online then do it anonymously and don't name names.
post #16 of 16
Boy, I'd love to know what that Google employee was saying!

See, Google is very hush hush about its workings. To fully understand the search engine's algorithm means you can manipulate it and get better rankings for your sites. And there's BIG BIG money in Google rankings. Being #1 on some of the terms there can means millions of $$ in revenue.

So, they are very secretive and will never reveal things. My guess is that this guy hinted at something. He must have known that there's nothing more appealing to a webmaster than getting inside information about Google. I bet his blog got really populat very fast.
I'm pretty sure that his contract said he was not allowed to reveal things about his work.
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