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Your Employer Can Use Your Social Media Against You
Your Employer Can Use Your Social Media Against You

What you Need to Know should you decide to Sue Your Employer? They Can Use Your Social media space against you. The little salty insults that you might have posted on your personal facebook account could be used against you in court, if you have decided to sue your former employer for discrimination.

Danielle Mailhoit filed a discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, a Burbank, CA Home Depot, in 2010, alleging bias based on her gender and her disability (vertigo). Last year, Home Depot went to the judge requesting almost everything she had posted on her personal facebook page during the time she worked for them.

Thou the court deemed the request “impermissibly overbroad”; they did allow the company to obtain any posting about her job.

We [employees] should take this case an example of what careless use of social networking can do to you as a professional, not just when you sue, but every time.

You should be careful about what you post on your social network about your employers, be it a private message because even private messages can be made public if the law deem so (remember the secret emails about throwing up a Zulu boy Jacob Zuma back in the days, they were made public at some point I even read them on his unauthorized biography), wall post, pictures or negative comments with and about your colleagues.

Be cautious and careful not only on facebook, but on twitter, blogs and every other social network.

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