Howcan a posting in a social media website affect an employee’s job?

I work for the state; I am a union steward with our local. Recently some of our members found a public internet forum used by our managers to opine in the eternal struggle between labor and management. Some of our guys posted anonymous remarks that blasted management. And aired out some of their dirty laundry too. But there were no threats of any kind.Well the managers are embarrassed and angry now. They are threatening personal lawsuits and retaliations, evenpossible firings. Our department has a brand new social media policy aimed at social media type issues. Can they come after us?

Asked on November 3, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

As a general matter, an employer may terminate employees who either

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