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Facebook post a valid reason for dismissal

Unfair DismissalDecember 18, 2013

Facebook post a valid reason for dismissal (Last Updated On: November 18, 2016)

Dismissal cases involving social media are on the rise. Recently, an employee from a debt collection company was dismissed after a Facebook rant on his home computer outside of business hours. The nature one of his posts was viewed to be critical of a client and the second was a sexual comment about a coworker.

The employee argued that he did not intend for his information to be publicly accessible and that he did not understand how Facebook’s privacy settings worked.

The Fair Work Commission ruled that the employee’s comments were likely to adversely damage his company’s reputation and that the employer was justified in sacking the employee.

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