Monday, February 7, 2011
As we reported earlier, the NLRB's General Counsel had filed a complaint against a company for, among other things, firing an employee for criticizing her supervisor on Facebook and because the employer improperly promulgated a policy against employees depicting the employer “in any way” on social media sites or writing disparaging comments about co-workers or superiors. The Board has now settled with the employer, American Medical Response of Connecticut. According the NLRB press release:
Under the terms of the settlement approved today by Hartford Regional Director Jonathan Kreisberg, the company agreed to revise its overly-broad rules to ensure that they do not improperly restrict employees from discussing their wages, hours and working conditions with co-workers and others while not at work, and that they would not discipline or discharge employees for engaging in such discussions.
The company also promised that employee requests for union representation will not be denied in the future and that employees will not be threatened with discipline for requesting union representation. The allegations involving the employee’s discharge were resolved through a separate, private agreement between the employee and the company.
So, alls well that ends well. Of course, a decision by the Board would have gotten some good attention for the agency, but I'm guessing this isn't the last Facebook case we see.
Hat Tip: Patrick Kavanagh