Facebook, Friend or Foe?

We live in a world where social media is a way of life; it is a means for people and companies to represent themselves to friends and strangers alike. With all the benefits of using social media as a platform, such as connecting with old friends, promoting your cause, using it to gain new business and stay in touch with old customers, we often forget that there can be detrimental consequences in using social media as well. Social media platforms must be used with caution. Although it is a most efficient way to reach a mass of people, it would be wise to consider the downside of that efficiency. Clearly, the benefits of reaching so many far outweigh these consequences. However, when social media is misused, an infinite number of people have access to that misuse. When a mistake is made, unfortunately it is forever.

It is important that you are aware that what you say on Facebook, or on any social media platform, can have a more serious impact because it is exposed to so many people. Defamatory comments could have catastrophic consequences when you consider the impact of your words on a far reaching, never ending audience. Once a comment appears on the net, it stays there forever, allowing future generations of audiences to see the inappropriate public comment.

You must be aware of your employer’s policies on social media. “Freedom of Speech” is not a free pass to represent your employer or company in a negative light. Understand what you are posting and think about who will be affected by what you are posting before clicking “post”. Who will see this? How will what you are posting reflect on your employer? Could this post potentially cause others harm? All of these questions are important.

In Louisiana, a newscaster has claimed that after responding to a comment with alleged racial connotations about her hair made by a viewer on Facebook, she was fired from her job. The news caster violated the social media policy set forth by her news station with respect to not answering any viewer comment on Facebook, irrespective of what was said by either party. She was purportedly fired for violating that policy, not for what she said.

Post responsibly, and if you have any questions regarding your rights, please call us at 516-279-5575 or complete our contact form.

Questions in the Wake of Sandy

The devastation that Sandy has brought upon our area is indescribable. In her aftermath, and the ensuing nor’easter, we must worry about our loved ones, our homes, and our lives.  While we work to put our lives back together, and sit in gas lines, many of us are also concerned about our jobs, and our livelihood.  As employees, it is important to know your rights in the workplace and to recognize any injustice during these most difficult times.

There are numerous Federal, State, and Local laws that protect us from unwarranted intrusions upon our lives by our employers, or by those who seek to take advantage of the misery of others.  These laws are there to protect us in good times, and in bad.  Know your rights so you are not only protected in these trying times, but also so you can have peace of mind that you do have these protections.

At the Law Office of Steven A. Morelli, we pride ourselves on protecting the rights of individual employees, and fighting against injustice in the workplace. We provide a voice to those who have no voice. Let us fight for you.

Call us at 516-279-5575 or complete our contact form.