Can companies fire employees who trash them on social sites?

10/5/2011 | Entrepreneur online

The world of social media can be confusing for employers who are seeking to restrict employees from posting negative messages about their businesses, but one recent case may give them some hope, Mikal Belicove writes. Robert Becker, a salesman at a car dealership, was fired after posting comments critical of a sales event and revealing that a car at another dealership was accidentally driven into a pond. A judge ruled the first topic was protected speech but the second was not. The case shows the importance of getting legal advice while setting up social media use policies, Belicove writes.

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