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FEDS SAY WORKERS CAN’T BE FIRED FOR COMPLAINING ON FACEBOOK

News | May 19, 2011

FEDS SAY WORKERS CAN’T BE FIRED FOR COMPLAINING ON FACEBOOK

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another ruling that indicates you can beef about your job on social networking sites – and still keep that job. Federal labor regulators say a New York nonprofit illegally fired five employees after they went on Facebook to criticize working conditions. The National Labor Relations Board alleges that Hispanics United of Buffalo violated federal law in booting the workers. Federal law lets employees talk with co-workers about their jobs and their working conditions without reprisal. The nonprofit claims it fired the five workers because their Facebook comments constituted harassment of a co-worker. But a top lawyer with NLRB has said using Facebook is the same as employe es talking around the water cooler.

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