Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Facebook Warning for Disgruntled Employees

The Australian reports that FWA Commissioner Michelle Bissett has warned that "[p]osting comments about an employer on a website that can be seen by an uncontrollable number of people is no longer a private matter but a public comment", and that "it would be foolish of employees to think they may say as they wish on their Facebook page with total immunity from any consequences". 

The warning came as part of Ms Bissett's decision in Fitzgerald v Dianna Smith t/as Escape Hair Design [2010] FWA 7358 (24 September 2010), a case involving the dismissal of hairdresser Sally-Anne Fitzgerald after she posted comments about a job warning she had received along with a smaller-than-expected Christmas bonus. Ms Bissett found that Ms Fitzgerald's comments had not named her employer and would not "adversely affect the industry as a whole or [her employer's] salon specifically", and held that the dismissal had been "harsh, unjust or unreasonable".

The Australian: Warning follows Facebook victory (28 September 2010)
(Source: The Australian; FWA)

No comments:

Post a Comment