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Old 01-08-2016, 09:44 AM
 
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The lines between your personal life, social media and your working career are very indistinct.

One of the things potential employers now do for many job applicants is look at social web sites like Facebook and LinkedIn to get insight into the applicants personality. If the person has a bunch of pictures of them drunk and rowdy or making racial comments etc .... odds are they don't get the job.

It doesn't take much imagination to stretch that into grounds for firing people. If you are an a-hole in your personal life, your are probably one in your professional one as well.

I will say firing some one generally takes well documented reasons. Usually multiple accounts. I am not sure a reason of "flawed personality on Facebook" would hold up in the legal system.

 
Old 01-08-2016, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Los Awesome, CA
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Should people be fired for social media posts?

If the posts are racist they should be...
 
Old 01-08-2016, 09:58 AM
 
Location: European Union
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Honestly I would not waste time worrying with trying to understand humans, their actions or thought processes. I'm also sure that I could go back through the many, many post I have made on this site and cringe and want to erase things while wondering what made me write the words I did at that moment in time.
To answer your question, no, they never wonder what the future consequence could be, hence the reason men and women still send naked photos of themselves and make sex tapes.
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The laws of mathematics are immutable. The definition of 'average' on the IQ scale in western society is 100. One half of the population has an IQ at or above 100. Mathematically, that means that an equal number have an IQ of at or below 100.

And they all seem to text, tweet, facebook...etc...etc...etc...
These two posts wrap social media all up.

And my answer is, yes, fire 'em.
 
Old 01-08-2016, 10:31 AM
 
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And yet there are reasons that her employer can't fire her for. A leas not openly. Like race, gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, or sexual orientation.

I think this will eventually be legislated. One way or another.
that would be a tall order to write legislation for. how do you encompass so many variables?

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Should people be fired for social media posts?

If the posts are racist they should be...
who gets to decide what is 'racist'?

why do feel that only 'racist' posts are a firing offense?
 
Old 01-08-2016, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Los Awesome, CA
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who gets to decide what is 'racist'?

why do feel that only 'racist' posts are a firing offense?
In this scenario it would be the employer. And I didn't say "only" racist posts should be grounds for firing.
 
Old 01-08-2016, 10:44 AM
 
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In this scenario it would be the employer.
what if the employer doesn't agree with your interpretation of what is 'racist'?

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And I didn't say "only" racist posts should be grounds for firing.
it's the only scenario you bothered to mention
 
Old 01-08-2016, 10:45 AM
 
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I see nothing wrong with it.
 
Old 01-08-2016, 10:47 AM
 
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Why do people post controversial things to social media....things that could come back and haunt them? I am truly clueless.

It's beyond me too. I'm glad that heifer was fired. If I were the salon's owner, I wouldn't want that kind of personality around my customers.
 
Old 01-08-2016, 10:53 AM
 
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Why do people post controversial things to social media....things that could come back and haunt them? I am truly clueless.
Because they are stupid braindead morons!!!

YES THEY SHOULD BE FIRED!!!
 
Old 01-08-2016, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Boise
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"Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should." That was advice given to me by Mom when I was a young kid.

You have a right to free speech, and others have the right to choose to associate with you, do business with you, or even keep you employed at their company based on your speech. Social media is just another form of speech. If you worked for me and your social media pages reflect that association and you post stupid things that reflect bad on my company, you would be fired in a heartbeat.

Actions have consequences, positive or negative. Smart people recognize this, not so smart people run their mouths without thinking first....
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