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Old 08-20-2011, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:23 AM
 
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I got fired because of my 1-3yrs old Facebook photos of me in a party or drinking. I coach volleyball for a high school team. I think I did my job well and taking the team to the playoffs (they haven't been in the playoffs for years). I haven't been in a party or even went out for a drink this whole year (before and during my coaching season).

I'm heartbroken because I really loved coaching. I was told it will go on my record so I can no longer be employed in the county or state involving kids. I am in college right now taking classes to major in Math for teaching high school. I guess now I would have to change my whole career goals.....

I didn't know that what I did in the past and partying is prohibited. It makes me really sad.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:34 AM
 
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I got fired because of my 1-3yrs old Facebook photos of me in a party or drinking. I coach volleyball for a high school team. I think I did my job well and taking the team to the playoffs (they haven't been in the playoffs for years). I haven't been in a party or even went out for a drink this whole year (before and during my coaching season).

I'm heartbroken because I really loved coaching. I was told it will go on my record so I can no longer be employed in the county or state involving kids. I am in college right now taking classes to major in Math for teaching high school. I guess now I would have to change my whole career goals.....

I didn't know that what I did in the past and partying is prohibited. It makes me really sad.
I think that is crap, I'd fight it if I could. What is their argument or reasoning for firing you and barring you from working for the state? The fact that you were drinking or the actual display of the picture?

Who saw it? Was/is your profile public?

Is there any way to fight it?

This is precisely why I have ONE picture on facebook, and it is of my (now sold) truck...I use FB every day but I'd never put any incriminating evidence out there, too risky as you've found out...
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:45 AM
 
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I got fired because of my 1-3yrs old Facebook photos of me in a party or drinking. I coach volleyball for a high school team. I think I did my job well and taking the team to the playoffs (they haven't been in the playoffs for years). I haven't been in a party or even went out for a drink this whole year (before and during my coaching season).

I'm heartbroken because I really loved coaching. I was told it will go on my record so I can no longer be employed in the county or state involving kids. I am in college right now taking classes to major in Math for teaching high school. I guess now I would have to change my whole career goals.....

I didn't know that what I did in the past and partying is prohibited. It makes me really sad.
Sorry to hear but many, many employers LOOK for the social networking sites for a prospective or current employee. My husband will never have a fb acct and he is smart by doing so. Someone in his company got fired over having a drink in their hand in one of their photos on FB.

Don't leave anything "open to the public". God only knows who sees your personal info on FB. Set it all to private. That's the only way to be safe, then again I hear a fb acct. can never truly be "deleted". Always there in cyberspace somewhere!
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:46 PM
 
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From the perspective of the individual, it can almost be silly for an employer to make a judgement on how that person will perform on the job based on a Facebook profile, regardless of what they do in their personal life (depending on the type of content). Those college party photos? Yeah, they were taken in one moment in time, on one night (probably a weekend night) and are hardly a representation of how that person acted the other 364 days of the year. I'm not a fan of Facebook because it is tied directly to your real name, real info...real everything about your life that anyone can have access to if you don't study their privacy settings. No thanks.

Maybe I'm wrong, but even though Facebook is technically public, it's not openly public to just anyone unless the other party themselves has an account with Facebook. So, if you need a log-in, is that then in some way a private area? Facebook is not the same as a public [anonymous] discussion forum. Seems a little murky to me. With that said, bashing your employer by name on an account where you use your real name is just not smart.

From the employer's perspective, the last thing you want is an employee spouting off willy-nilly. Also, there may be confidentiality issues if you are talking about your employer or posting work photos to your account.
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:00 PM
 
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I got fired because of my 1-3yrs old Facebook photos of me in a party or drinking. I coach volleyball for a high school team. I think I did my job well and taking the team to the playoffs (they haven't been in the playoffs for years). I haven't been in a party or even went out for a drink this whole year (before and during my coaching season).

I'm heartbroken because I really loved coaching. I was told it will go on my record so I can no longer be employed in the county or state involving kids. I am in college right now taking classes to major in Math for teaching high school. I guess now I would have to change my whole career goals.....

I didn't know that what I did in the past and partying is prohibited. It makes me really sad.
Drinking is not a crime, and this is extreme, and really hard to believe, especially since you state you are preparing to teach math in high school.
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:02 PM
 
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Now if you work for me, and bad mouth me, or my company, or our products on FB, expect to be unemployed tomorrow, and don't ask for a reference.
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Old 11-25-2011, 11:11 PM
 
Location: NoVA
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Equally hilarious and sad. It's one thing to bash your employer in private to a couple friends or whatever, as sometimes it's hard to not fault an employer who caught wind and took retribution. In some such cases, those fired actually had legal recourse. BUT!...it's a whoooole 'nuther thing to publicly broadcast your bashing, especially when your boss is a member of your little audience.
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I got fired because of my 1-3yrs old Facebook photos of me in a party or drinking. I coach volleyball for a high school team. I think I did my job well and taking the team to the playoffs (they haven't been in the playoffs for years). I haven't been in a party or even went out for a drink this whole year (before and during my coaching season).

I'm heartbroken because I really loved coaching. I was told it will go on my record so I can no longer be employed in the county or state involving kids. I am in college right now taking classes to major in Math for teaching high school. I guess now I would have to change my whole career goals.....

I didn't know that what I did in the past and partying is prohibited. It makes me really sad.
Talk to a lawyer.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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You know, I just noticed something in the Facebook "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities". Under section 4 - "Registration and Account Security" - line #4 states you will not use your profile for commercial gain, and in parenthesis it gives the example of selling your status update to advertisers. What exactly does that mean? I thought you owned whatever content and information you uploaded to your page, so long as it doesn't violate any copyright. So wouldn't that include some sort of original, witty message you come up with and choose to post as your status update...?

For example, if you post "It was a peaceful stormy night" as your status update, which you believe to be something you came up with all on your own...and then thought it might make a catchy slogan for a mattress store...would the FB Terms prohibit you from selling that slogan to the mattress store??

Or am I misunderstanding something?
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