NLRB Protecting Negative Online Comments About Employer
April 11, 2011
The NLRB is flexing their muscle again when it comes to the protecting employees’ negative public remarks about their employers. This time they are going after Thomson Reuters for disciplining an employee for tweeting that the company was not being honest with members of the writer’s guild.
You’re joking, right? Just like with the Connecticut case we posted about last month, as a reasonable individual shouldn’t I be prepared to suffer the consequences about publicly calling out my employer? Who’s dumb enough to do this and think there are no repercussions? I’m sure some would argue first amendment right to free speech. And they would be right. But the first amendment doesn’t guarantee employment. Unbelievable for the NRLB to think this type of public utterance is protected.
I think my comments last month accurately portray my thoughts on this case:
Well, if the NLRB doesn’t believe that making disparaging remarks about your employer can be construed as offensive then they won’t mind me saying that they are full of s#@!
Sorry, I’ll only go so far in protecting employees’ rights when it comes to background checks on social networking sites. If someone is dumb enough to make these comments in a public forum, they should suffer the consequences.