Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Georgia Bus Driver Fired Over Facebook Post

We are several years into the advent of social media websites like Facebook and Twitter and also several years into the legal issues surrounding terminations of employees for the things they post on social media.  I have written about this topic numerous times over the years.  However, yet another Facebook firing has made national headlines over a bus driver, Johnny Cook, who was fired for a compassionate Facebook status he wrote about a student who told him he went one day without lunch because his parents forgot to give him lunch money.  CNN has the story here:

Obviously the segment is not long enough to fully-delve into whether Cook has a lawsuit but from the facts shared in the story, it does not appear that he will except to maybe attack the school's "strict social media policy" as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has targeted such policies as violations of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  It's a very odd thing to terminate an employee over and hopefully he is able to collect unemployment insurance as a consolation.  As they say, no good deed goes unpunished.

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