Fired over Facebook. It is a tale that makes headlines far too often. In September of 2015, a Polaris Marketing Group employee posted what seemed to be an innocent picture of himself and the son of a co-worker onto Facebook. Comments that were made on that post, most notably a conversation that quickly could have been ended by the employee, resulted in that person being fired because of the Facebook post. This incident serves as a reminder that the statuses and pictures that you post on Facebook could get you fired even if what you initially post is nothing controversial, offensive or illegal.
There should no longer be any doubts that employers investigate current and would-be employees via social media accounts, Facebook pages included. More than ever, Facebook users would be wise to think and then think again before posting any status, comment, picture, meme or anything that could be taken the wrong way – or even the right way – on their accounts. Think that a certain joke is harmless? Are you willing to risk getting fired over what you deem to be a humorous statement? If not, then leave it off of your Facebook and live to joke another day and another way.
A schoolteacher who did not think twice before pressing the “Post” button found on her Facebook account page. The waitress who took to Facebook to complain about her job and the fact that she did not receive an adequate tip. The crew members who never thought that their Facebook posts about equipment or about the passengers who boarded planes. All of them have one thing in common: They were fired, at one point or another, all because of Facebook activities. Maybe next time, each of those people will choose to complain to a therapist instead. It is more expensive than Facebook, sure, but at least they won't have to worry about being fired.
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13 different Virgin Atlantic crew members had a lot to say about their jobs in the fall of 2008. They described some passengers, Virgin Atlantic customers, as “chavs” according to The Independent. That same story also states that the Virgin employees made negative comments about flight safety standards. Upon learning of these Facebook posts, the airline responded:
Virgin Atlantic can confirm that 13 members of its cabin crew will be leaving the company after breaking staff policies due to totally inappropriate behaviour.
Following a thorough investigation, it was found that all 13 staff participated in a discussion on the networking site Facebook, which brought the company into disrepute and insulted some of our passengers.
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Gerod Roth of the Polaris Marketing Group, based out of Atlanta, got himself and a three-year-old in the news in September of 2015 all because of a Facebook post. Roth posted a “selfie” that included the young boy in the background on Facebook. Friends and other followers responded to the post made by Roth, who had the name "Geris Hilton" on the social media website, with racist and offensive comments. Roth did not, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, add a comment to the picture. That story claims that Roth did, however, make offensive statements later on in the comment thread. Roth was fired by the company, but that is not the end of the story. A social media movement in support of the child and his family took social media by storm, with the #HisNameIsCayden hashtag serving as the movement's rallying cry.
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