BOO! NLRB "Facebook Firing" case settles

I am disappointed that the NLRB "Facebook Firing" case settled, even though I certainly understand why both sides wanted to end it.

In November, the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against American Medical Response of Connecticut, alleging that the company committed an unfair labor practice by firing an emergency medical technician who had posted some unflattering words about her supervisor on Facebook. Among other things, she referred to him as an [expletive deleted] and the code for a psychiatric patient. (The company said that the EMT was terminated because of complaints that she was rude to patients, not because of her Facebook posting.)

The NLRB said that the employer's social media policy was overly broad because it prohibited employees from disparaging the company or supervisors, and forbade depictions of the company without prior permission.

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