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Firing Employees for Bad-Mouthing the Company


ABC Auto Body is a f**** joke! Nobody should spend their money there because they’re a bunch of f**** crooks out to hose you.”

An ABC Auto Body employee makes the above remarks about the company she works for in 4 different fora:

A. To a co-worker over drinks in a crowded bar.

B. On her Facebook page.

C. On her private blog.

D. On Twitter.



Which, if any, of the above communications is/are grounds for discipline?



While all 4 are private communications made after work, B, C and D are worthy of discipline because of the potential harm they pose to ABC Auto Body’s reputation.



Venting about one’s employer away from work is a time-honoured and generally harmless practice. But it becomes subject to discipline when the employee crosses the line from simply blowing off steam to inflicting potential damage to the company’s business or reputation. When is that line crossed? Answer: Often it depends not so much on what the em...

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