THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD RULES THAT
FACEBOOKÂ® COMMENTS ARE "PROTECTED ACTIVITY"
On October 27, 2010 the National Labor Relations Board's Hartford regional office issued a complaint against a Connecticut ambulance service for "illegally" terminating an employee who posted negative remarks about her supervisor on her personal FacebookÂ® page. In addition, the NLRB's complaint alleged that the company's social media policy was "overly broad".
According to a News Release published by the NLRB's General Counsel on November 2, 2010, the employee, a member of Teamsters Local 443 was asked by her supervisor to prepare an investigative report regarding a customer complaint made about the employee's work. In response, the employee apparently requested representation by her union concerning the report, but the supervisor denied the request. When the employee left work, she voiced her opinions about the supervisor on her personal FacebookÂ® page, from her personal computer. Co-workers apparently posted supportive comments which prompted the employee to post additional negative comments...