By Legal Lad
When in a workplace environment, “at-will” employees can be terminated for any reasons, the least of which might be a misdirected Facebook posting, or a Twitter joke gone awry. However, various laws may also offer protection for posting certain kinds of content online. These include:
- Political opinions. Some states have laws prohibiting employers from disciplining or firing employees for political activities; thus, you may be protected from online comments in support of a particular candidate or party.
- Information about illegal activities. Federal and state law contains protections for “whistleblowers,” that is, employees who expose harmful or illegal activities of their employers. Some whistleblower laws may require that you report the problem to the government first–say, to a regulatory or law enforcement agency. But once that is done, you may be able to post about your discovery without fear of retaliation. Continue reading ‘Social Media on the Job Isn’t Always Bad’