Facebook Comments: Just Case for Termination?

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Social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter, are one of the fastest growing areas of concern for employers. This concern is understandable since these sites allow users to publish a great deal of information about themselves to a potentially large audience, including comments that may be critical of coworkers or detrimental to employers’ interests and reputation. The British Columbia Labour Relations Board’s decision in Lougheed Imports Ltd. establishes that employees have no reasonable expectation of privacy in comments made on social networking sites and when those comments are damaging to the employer’s business or offensive, insulting and disrespectful to supervisors, the employer may have just cause for termination.

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