Apparently some customers came into the pizza place and camped out for about three hours before leaving a measly $5 tip. So what was the offending status update (ear muffs kids...):
Thanks for eating at Brixx,you cheap piece of ---- camper.It's not clear from the article, but I'm guessing the hyphens were replaced by the letters H, I, S, and T (in not quite that order).
Ms. Johnson allegedly broke two of her employer's policies:
- A policy against speaking disparagingly about customers; and
- A policy against casting the restaurant in a negative light on social networks.
- Employees: Careful what you say on the Internet! Especially when you're discussing your employer.
- Employers: It might be time for a social media policy. In situations like this, it helps to be able to point to a policy provision explicitly referencing social networking sites; and
- Employers and Employees: Know the rules of the relationship. Employers should clarify their expectations regarding social media use, and employees should read the employer's policies in that regard.
HT: Centre Daily Times: Waitress Fired for Griping About Tip on Facebook.
Posted by Philip Miles, an employment lawyer with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania.