Social Media Crackdowns Trigger Legal Fights

Facebook gaffes that can cause trouble in the workplace aren’t unique to drunken college students any more. As more companies–and their workers–tap into the world of blogs, Twitter and Facebook, employers are tripping over legal potholes in social media.

Next week, for example, a National Labor Relations Board judge will consider whether a medical-transportation company illegally fired a worker after she criticizing her boss on Facebook, in the federal agency’s first complaint linked to social media.
In another case, workers sued a restaurant company when they were dismissed after managers accessed a private Myspace page the employees set up to chat about work.

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