An Ongoing Lesson: Don’t Trash Your Employer on Facebook 8


In the past we’ve seen people get fired for comments they’ve written on their personal Facebook pages. However, despite the many examples out there, some people think it won’t happen to them. Wrong!

In the UK, Kate Furlong (23 years old) was laid off by Royal Bank of Scotland. Following the layoff she wrote a message on Facebook, explaining how excited she was about the development:

I speak for myself when I say WoOOOOooooOooooHOoooOooOoo it was pretty damn obvious something like this was coming. I’m neither stupid nor naive … and quite honestly it is the best news ever as far as I am concerned!

She followed that post up with an additional comment:

It was not unexpected. I’ve just hung on by my fingertips to stick around long enough for a nice payout when they could’ve had me out long ago without a penny! More fool them! Haha! Xx.

You can probably guess what happened next… One of Furlong’s former colleagues saw this post and reported it to management (who were outraged) and decided to fire Furlong and not allow her to receive any redundancy (severance).

Furlong says that she can’t believe she’s been fired by the bank for what essentially amounts to having a chat with her friends outside of work. This isn’t the first time this argument has been debated, and in the U.S., the National Labor Board has stated that worker rights extend to Facebook. Even so, some things are better off not being shared with your entire digital network.


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