I read in the Chicago Tribune that Chicago State University was withdrawing their policy which required employees to get official approval for interviews with journalists and communications on social media. It says that they had not gotten the proper clearance from their lawyers. I also have read that a teacher was fired for posting on her facebook that she felt the she was teaching the next generation of criminals. Where is the line between freedom of speech and right of employers to protect the company?
This is a difficult one and unfortunately I don't have the perfect answer. There have been several court rulings recently including National Labor Relations Board rulings on this topic. Additionally were the negativities done on work time or personal time, did they violate a company policy of using social media during working hours, did the post make it impossible/difficult for the individual to continue to perform their job to the best of their ability(i.e. teaching children whose parents know you believe they are criminals in the making.). As this topic continues to become a forefront in the media and workplaces alike, I don’t believe a final ruling has been made. That being said I believe employers and employees alike should be careful of what they say and when it’s said. Employers should have their attorney review policies to ensure enforceability and employees should think twice before they make comments.