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Today's Poll: 03/05/2015

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Should an employer be able to fire an employee for an inappropriate comment or picture the employee shared via social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
Other/Undecided
No
Yes, but only if comment or picture is particularly egregious
Yes, absolutely
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Lamb1020
on 03/05/15
I am sure there are some comments or pictures bad enough that they should land said person in jail, that most certainly I could see people getting fired over.
Ztron8
on 03/05/15
Probably depends on what was said. But I don't believe employers have a right to spy on employees. No one should be spying on anyone. Common sense will tell you it is wrong.
nikkitrax
on 03/05/15
I think only if it work related. (talking trash about the company you work for or talking about management) Don't Trash the people who sign your paycheck.
Dorkyscience
on 03/05/15
nomer15 liked this  
It depends, if the employee makes bad comments about their work place (and references them), in a slanderous way, I can see that. But I think if a boss/company/work place is worried about that, or wants to reserve the right to do that, the employee would have a sign a document acknowledging that being fired for social media could be an issue. Otherwise the employer would have no legal cause.
thekinetic
on 03/05/15
The is a difference between work and private life and no employer has the right to invade your private life. This include sexual behavior, smoking, drinking, and recreational drug use so long as it doesn't affect your work they have no right.
thekinetic
on 03/05/15
There* (when is swag going to let us edit our posts?)
hapihart
on 03/05/15
This is not a one answer fits all question. The situation is totally dependent on the job, the job's rules, the incident involved and the policies of the company. If the company has a strict policy about that type of thing and the employee is informed of the policy upon being hired, and they still do it, well....
MMORT1997
on 03/05/15
SMG53 liked this  
I believe it is discriminatory to do so. You should have the right to post whatever you want on your own PERSONAL account, private or not. I do think they can get fired if it particularly bad on the employer's accounts however.

My 18 year old mind.
Beachgirl2be
on 03/05/15
SMG53 liked this  
I say if it's something regarding the employer then yes. Otherwise no.
DMHHRH
on 03/05/15
Freedom of speech???????????????
nadyatolo
on 03/05/15
aparkison and 1 others liked this  
Freedom of speech goes both ways: you are free to say anything you like, and the employer, if they find your 'free speech' harmful to their business, are just as free to say 'you are fired.'
BigBlackGrant
on 03/05/15
A part of me wants to say yes but another part wants to say no!! But people should know better!! smh
blueyergrl
on 03/05/15
Freedom of speech but we really don"t have that anymore!!
Zabeeba23
on 03/05/15
Ruffmama and 2 others liked this  
If it pertains to their job yes.
pprice0723
on 03/05/15
I think there should be an opportunity for the employee to argue their side, remove the post/correct the situation; given 1 warning and if there's a next time then discipline based on how bad the post is. Maybe a 3 strikes you're out situation - 1st time be talked to; 2nd time be suspended for a period of time; and 3rd time fired. I, too, live in an at-will state where an employer can fire at any time for any reason or none at all. But that also means an employee can quit at any time for any reason or none at all.
Nemo19
on 03/05/15
aparkison and 1 others liked this  
This is why people need to understand privacy settings – if you don't want people to see what you post & judge you for it, then don't let them see it. It's already common practice for employers to check applicants' online profiles before deciding who to call back for interviews.
GigiNightRain
on 03/05/15
aparkison and 1 others liked this  
Even with privacy settings making everything non-public, other people who can see it can still take a screenshot of the post.

And there are always hackers who just like to mess with random accounts.
mlw1ofakind
on 03/05/15
aparkison liked this  
And complete idiots who have no better since than to post their crimes with pictures on social media.
Cinderella1960
on 03/05/15
Beth0081 and 1 others liked this  
Yes ONLY if it bashes the job, employers, or co-workers. Otherwise NO! Taking a persons freedom of speech is against our (USA) Constitution.
Cinderella1960
on 03/05/15
Yes ONLY if it bashes the job, employers, or co-workers. Otherwise NO! Taking a persons freedom of speech is against our (USA) Constitution.
mlw1ofakind
on 03/05/15
tattingmom and 4 others liked this  
No unless- it concerns the job and/or coworkers, or it gains the attention of media, causing a negative buisness impact against the employer.
Cinderella1960
on 03/05/15
I agree.
pammy345
on 03/05/15
I live in an "At Will" state; an employer can terminate employment for any and no reason at all.
timraysim
on 03/05/15
KELLYKATT liked this  
depends if happen at work or on their free time. What happen to freedom of speech.
UCPAA
on 03/05/15
It depends on the position the employee has in the company. I think it should be done on a case by case basis.
happystuff
on 03/05/15
aparkison and 1 others liked this  
Every action creates a reaction. If someone's action is a negative picture or to make a negative comment, that person should really anticipate a negative reaction to occur. Cause and effect.
PatsTreasures
on 03/05/15
Dixie1964 liked this  
I think it depends on what kind of job you have and what was said/shown on social media. Need to take it on a case y case basis.
knight4251426026
on 03/05/15
I will have to agree in part with Angelique315. If it is against company policy then sure. But to tell you the truth, I don't think any company should be so invested in their employee's social lives. Even if an employee is restricted from releasing information about their job or talking ill of their company online, what's to say they aren't doing it when they talk to family or friends? Either way, if they want to talk about it, they're going to.
sunnieday
on 03/05/15
TocChick and 1 others liked this  
If it's something concerning work, then yes. Otherwise, I think it's kind of a gray area.
author2010
on 03/05/15
Beth0081 and 1 others liked this  
only if it is connected to the work place in any way,
MamalamaNC
on 03/05/15
Beth0081 and 1 others liked this  
Only if the post or picture damage the business or their reputation, or if the employee is shown engaging in illegal activity.
eeyorelove23
on 03/05/15
maureen749 and 1 others liked this  
DEPENDS ON IF IT SHOW SOMETHING FROM WORK THAT SHOULD NOT BE SHOWN TO ANYONE
TheStoicOne
on 03/05/15
aparkison and 1 others liked this  
Is you're capslock broken or something?
nadyatolo
on 03/05/15
CitizenPain7 liked this  
At some point in life some people can only see giant print. Don't blame them for it. Be thankful for your good vision.
angelique315
on 03/05/15
aparkison liked this  
It depends on what it is. I know of a police officer who was fired for posting information about her job (that really should not have been shared. They do have confidentiality clauses in jobs like that) on social media. No police department wanted to hire her after that. There are just some jobs where one really has to be careful what gets shared on social media.
I wonder if all the people saying no have thought of these possibilities. Would you be ok with a doctor posting about his/her cases on social media? There are all kinds of situations where posting about your job is not appropriate (and often against company policy).
dominguezmichshe
on 03/05/15
this is a sticky icky icky one
Munce72
on 03/05/15
aparkison and 2 others liked this  
Share M&M's, not pictures...
ktjaekel
on 03/05/15
only if shared while on the clock
primebeeffranks
on 03/05/15
angelique315 and 2 others liked this  
If the comments/images are illegal or detrimental to the company and/or customers absolutely that is grounds for being fired. The percentage of "No's" is pretty shocking.
RedBaron96
on 03/05/15
craig2web liked this  
I said no for general stupid posts, however, if it violates a term of their contract, then yes, fire them and hopefully they learn a lesson. I worked for an online company as a contractor (still on the list, but haven't done the job in ages). We agreed to not saying anything negative about the company in public or our contract could be terminated.

If they are posting something beyond stupid, as in illegal, than their job is the least of their worries. They need to be reported to the police and let them deal with them. Can't do their job from jail.
wykyd1
on 03/05/15
Is it work related?
AislynnMidnight
on 03/05/15
craig2web liked this  
Depends on the post. Many companies have contracts that prohibit behavior that reflects badly onn the company. They should not fire people for posts that occured prior to employment. And, seriously, people need to have half a brain about what they post. Consider for a second how you are presenting yourself to the world before you click post and never facebook (or other) while intoxicated.
1234567890zip
on 03/05/15
I don't get why people are rude to others to begin with, be nice and you have no need to worry about it :)
miilaq
on 03/05/15
It depends on whether the comment or picture was related to the employee's work or not. People are entitled to have their personal lives and shouldn't have to worry about loosing their jobs because of something they are posting in a social arena unrelated to work. The only exclusion to the personal life rule I can think of is if whatever was posted implicates the employee in committing a crime.
monkeymom1953
on 03/05/15
Depends on their contract. Employers these days need to put their expectations on the initial paperwork for the employee to sign, then they can fire at will. If it hasn't been agreed to in the initial hiring phase, then no, they should not have the right to fire them
AmbiePam
on 03/05/15
noturavga liked this  
They were threatening Schilling's daughter with rape and worse. She's a minor, but it would be vile against anyone. "They" didn't really do a good job of explaining the actual situation that prompted this question. Because someone below suggested privacy settings. That would have done nothing productive to stop it. Go read what prompted Schilling's actions. Then tell me it was wrong to report them. All he did was share something those losers already had made public. So it was okay for Schilling to see it, but not anyone else? When you sign up for Twitter you know you're putting things out there anyone can see.
sparkle23
on 03/05/15
Jayesper liked this  
Finding and keeping employment is hard enough for some...leave social media out of it.
cgff
on 03/05/15
The employer has no right to see someone's personal Facebook or whatever page unless the employee has granted them access, therefore it should not be an issue.
sweetChristian
on 03/05/15
GigiNightRain liked this  
This is a very tricky subject. If the pictures are harmful to all employees or can cause some sort of civil suit then the employee might get fired. We must realize that any pictures or statements, or comments you make to a friend on face book ,cell phone can and will be publisized, you never know who has access to make your so called personal conversation public.
condo211
on 03/05/15
GigiNightRain liked this  
I just read about an American in jail with a court date and possible a 5 year sentence for a negative about his company on a facebook post. He was working in the Mideast, but was home in FL when he posted the negative comments. When he returned to the Mideast to clear out his belongings etc he was arrested.
There is a law in the country where he was working making it a crime to say anything negative about your employer.
One of our officials is going to bat for him telling the Mideast country this man should not be arrested in their country for something he did on American soil which is legal to do here.
AMIESAUNT
on 03/05/15
GigiNightRain and 1 others liked this  
If the comment is about the company, the employee should first get a warning and a request to remove it. And the warning should indicate a second offense will result in termination.
debbcat
on 03/05/15
It depends on the context of the comment or picture. Also if it was true or not.
ablackrose12390
on 03/05/15
lifeeverlasting liked this  
Depends on situation
Tolta2010
on 03/05/15
GigiNightRain liked this  
Well, most of the time people post stupid content and stuffs that can hurt the image of a company, but technically no one could be fired without proper base and it should written in a contract clearly what cannot be done, for example the use of computers for personal use.
TRGR
on 03/05/15
Unless connected to the job, no.
slowcoaster
on 03/05/15
GigiNightRain liked this  
I dunno. On the one hand there's the question of how one is representing the company or organization, but then there's also free speech. But then there's the issue of how rude most of us are all day long, and how rudeness is encouraged by media, so that the idea of "free speech" [meaning one can criticize the government without fear of arrest or ill-treatment] becomes "if I feel like saying a horrible bullying thing I can because 'free speech'" which doesn't seem right either. So, I dunno.
jjennette
on 03/05/15
lifeeverlasting and 1 others liked this  
Yes, only if it is deogratory towards the company or illeagle.

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