Company Accused of Firing Over Facebook Post

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Company Accused of Firing Over Facebook Post By STEVEN GREENHOUSE Published: November 8, 2010 In what labor officials and lawyers view as a ground-breaking case involving workers  and social media, the  National Labor Relations Board  has accused a company of  illegally firing an employee after she criticized her supervisor on her  Facebook  page. This is the first case in which the labor board has stepped in to argue that workers’  criticisms of their bosses or companies on a social networking site are generally a  protected activity and that employers would be violating the law by punishing  workers for such statements. The labor relations board announced last week that it had filed a complaint against  an ambulance service, American Medical Response of Connecticut, that fired an  emergency medical technician, accusing her, among other things, of violating a policy  that bars employees from depicting the company “in any way” on Facebook or other  social media sites in which they post pictures of themselves. Lafe Solomon, the board’s acting general counsel, said, “This is a fairly  straightforward case under the National Labor Relations Act — whether it takes place  on Facebook or at the water cooler, it was employees talking jointly about working  conditions, in this case about their supervisor, and they have a right to do that.” That act gives workers a federally protected right to form unions, and it prohibits 
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