Status update: ‘You’re fired’

Labour board upholds firing of 2 workers at B.C. car dealership on basis of ‘inappropriate and insubordinate’ Facebook comments
By Caitlin Crawshaw
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/30/2010

The perils of social media go far beyond productivity loss, as seen in the recent firing of two employees in British Columbia who attacked their employer through Facebook.

In August, just a few weeks before a Mazda dealership in Pitt Meadows, B.C., became officially unionized, management discovered two employees were using their status updates to take aim at both the company’s products and managers. One of the managers was a Facebook “friend” with one of the employees so he could easily see the employee’s status updates.

Over the next two months, the comments made by one of the employees (identified in the labour board ruling as “J.T.”) became increasingly hostile. On Sept. 17, J.T. posted: “If somebody mentally attacks you, and you stab him in the face 14 or 16 times… that constitutes self-defence doesn’t it ????”