Do you live your life openly on social sites? Employers are turning to researching prospective employees on sites like Facebook and Twitter. The biggest question is often not whether you are technically qualified for a position, but whether you are a good fit for the particular corporate culture to which you are applying.
If you suspect that you’ve been fired for your online social communications, you do have protections. Some states offer protection for off-hour, off-site activities. Good rule of thumb—if you’ve not used company time or resources for your social posts, you may be entitled to protection.
Some states decree that it is illegal to fire employees for the expression of legal opinions outside of the workplace. However industries dependent on the maintenance of a public reputation, such as news organizations, may contractually limit that exemption.
Protections exist for online whistleblowers that expose workplace violations online. If it can be interpreted as serving the public good to blow the whistle, employees can pursue legal remedy for employer retaliations.
Do you live your life openly on social sites? Be aware of what constitutes protected online communications and enjoy yourself!