Employee Fired Over Facebook; Case Settled

The federal government recently settled the case of the woman who was fired from her job last year after she allegedly voiced complaints about her job on the social networking site Facebook.

Dawnmarie Souza was fired from an ambulance company based in Connecticut after writing criticisms of her boss and her employer on her Facebook profile.

The company was sued by the National Labor Relations Board under the grounds that any comments of that sort were protected under the federal labor laws as freedom of speech.

Jonathan Kreisberg, regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) approved of the recent ruling and subsequent policy changes by saying “I think it certainly sends a message about what the NLRB views the law to be.”

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but it was a financial settlement and Souza is not seeking re-employment.

Souza wrote the colorfully opinionated comments in 2009 after her supervisor informed her of the complaints of a customer regarding her work.

Mark Zuckerberg was not reached for comment.

According to Chuck Cohen, former member of NLRB, the case will change the way that employers view their internet policies.

“It clearly has resonance because we know the NLRB’s general counsel is going to take this position,” stated Cohen.

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