Blogs, Social Networks, and Firing
As the world becomes more and more interconnected, a growing number people have some level of online presence. Businesses and employees alike often maintain blogs as well as profiles on social networking sites. However, employees who are active online sometimes face unexpected consequences from their employers. Items posted to blogs and social networking pages have led to several firings in recent years. This has prompted concern among employees about the status of their rights in a changing world.
If you feel you were fired unjustly, you may wish to discuss your experience with an Austin employment attorney. To learn more about your rights as an employee in the information age, do not hesitate to contact the helpful legal staff of The Melton Law Firm, at 512-330-0017.
What Employers Look For Online
Generally, employers have broad leverage when it comes to firing decisions. If the firing is not a discriminatory or retaliatory act, it may be difficult for employees to contest the decision. Businesses sometimes choose to fire employees for items posted to internet sites. These items may include:
- Photos and videos
- Blog posts
- Activity on social networks and micro-blogging services
Businesses may take disciplinary action against employees who violate their internet policies. However, employees who are fired for their online activity may have legal options. If you suspect that your firing was motivated by discrimination or was in retaliation for a legally protected action, consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible to discuss the details of your case.
At The Melton Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of workers both online and offline. Contact our Austin employment lawyers today at 512-330-0017 to discuss your case with a skilled and experienced attorney.