“Facebook Firing” Is Chock-Full of Concerns for Employers, Whether You Have a Union or Not


The well-publicized controversy over the complaint filed recently against an ambulance service for firing an employee who bad-mouthed her supervisor on her Facebook page should cause concern and be carefully watched by all employers - including those companies without unions.

As most readers know by now, the National Labor Relations Board recently filed a complaint against American Medical Response of Connecticut, alleging the company engaged in unfair labor practices by firing Dawnmarie Souza, an emergency medical technician, after Souza posted negative comments about her supervisor and the company on her private Facebook page. The NLRB’s complaint also alleges that the company refused Souza Union representation in preparing an incident report in response to a patient complaint, and threatened to terminate her for making the request. Finally, the NLRB contends that the employer’s blogging and internet posting policy was overly broad, based on the employer’s prohibitions on disparaging the company or individual supervisors, and on depicting the company on the internet in any way without permission. The case is scheduled for hearing before an administrative law judge on January 25.

Please see full article below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP on:

JD Supra Readers' Choice 2016 Awards
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.