Chipotle lawsuit showcases trials of social media policies

Yes, employers need a policy… but they should tread carefully
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/18/2016

It’s probably not the resolution it was hoping for but restaurant giant Chipotle learned the hard way that enforcing a social media policy can be tricky. 

A former employee who had been terminated for criticizing the company over Twitter won a major lawsuit in the United States, after an administrative judge ruled Chipotle’s social media policy violated federal labour laws.

The court ordered that the former employee be reimbursed for lost wages and offered the position back. The chain must also post signs explaining the social media policies, as well as others, were illegal, according to media reports.