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Time-Line of People Getting Fired Over Facebook

Recently, there was yet another worker getting axed because of comments left on Facebook. The current situation involves Dawnmarie Souza, who was a Connecticut emergency medical technician, and was fired by an ambulance services firm for posting negative comments about her boss on Facebook. This case, along with it’s predecessors, raises several questions. Are these employees protected by the freedom or free speech, or does an employer have every right to fire someone based on Facebook postings? In a matter of time the courts may reach a decision on the legality of this issue, but for now, people should take caution when posting comments and/or pictures on Facebook. You never know who may be checking them. For example, check out the following time-line to see how people have been fired over Facebook throughout the years.

November 1, 2008

Virgin Atlantic dismissed 13 employees after an investigation determined that the employees had some pretty nasty things to say about passengers on a Facebook discussion, like calling them “chavs,” which is the British equivalent of white trash.

November 4, 2008

18 year old Caitlin Davis was fired from the New England Patriots cheer-leading squad after she posted pictures of her and a friend drawing penises and swastikas on a passed out friend. Apparently, it wasn’t the numerous penises that were the problem. It was the poor choice of swastikas that landed her in the employment line.

February 26, 2009

Kimberly Swann, who was only 16 at the time, was let go of her office administration job three weeks after she posted “first day at work. omg (oh my God)!! So dull!!” and “all i do is shred holepunch n scan paper!!! omg!,” and finally, “im so totally bord!!!” After her boss saw the posts, he fired her because he didn’t want to bring any negative attention to the company. I wonder how that worked out?

March 9, 2009

Like many Eagles fans Dan Leone was a bit frustrated when the team traded Brian Dawkins. He vented by posting “Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver. . .Dam Eagles R Retarted!!” However, unlike most Eagles fans, he was actually employed by the organization. Naturally, he was canned.

April 27, 2009

An unnamed 31 year-old Swiss woman was fired from her job at the insurance company Nationale Suisse after calling in sick due to a migraine, but was caught being active on Facebook. Guess she learned her lesson after saying “Facebook is dead for me.”

April 28, 2009

A Minnesota nursing home employee was dismissed of her duties after she allegedly post pictures of her herself with nude patients. However, those pictures were never discovered. They did find pics of her with clothed patients, a violation of their privacy rights, and her hanging upside-down on the loading dock.

August 27, 2009

Georgia high school teacher Ashley Payne was axed after the school saw a picture of her holding up a glass of alcohol while on vacation in Europe. Have any of these district members been to Europe? All they do is drink.

February 11, 2010

Jason Brown was a firefighter-paramedic in South Carolina until he posted a three minute animated video onto Facebook. The video featured an exchange between a responder and a doctor, which the Fire-Rescue department felt was “derogatory.”

February 26, 2010

East Stroudsburg University, which is in Pennsylvania, suspended professor Gloria Gadsden after she posted “Does anyone know where I can find a very discrete hitman? Yes, it’s been that kind of day…,” which she found funny. The school didn’t, since the Facebook post was put up shortly after the shooting at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

May 17, 2010

Waitress Ashley Johnson was fired from Brixx Pizzeria in North Carolina after she complained about a five dollar tip that a couple left her. By calling the couple “cheap” on Facebook, it violated the restaurant’s social media policy.

May 24, 2010

Dana Kuchler, a Wisconsin fire-police dispatcher, was relieved of her duties after she announced that “she is addicted to vicodin, adderall, quality marijuana, MD 20/20 grape and absinthe.” Luckily for her, the Union stepped in and got her only a 30 day suspension, instead of, I don’t know, getting her help for her addictions.

June 8, 2010

Five employees at the Tri-City Medical Center, in San Diego, were terminated after an investigation found that employees were discussing patients on Facebook. This is always a big no-no in the medical field.

June 19, 2010

Andrew Kurtz, 24, lost his pierogi job when he blasted his employers. I don’t mean at a pierogi plant either. Kurtz was one of eighteen men who take turns in a pierogi race during the 5th inning of Pittsburgh Pirates game. Simply put, these dudes dress up like pierogies and race each other. Besides what seems like a silly job, Kurtz is a die-hard Pirates fan. Needless to say, he was frustrated at his teams 19 game losing streak, which resulted in contract extractions for the coach and general manager. Kurtz shared his opinion on Facebook by posting: “Coonelly extended the contracts of Russell and Huntington through the 2011 season. That means a 19-straight losing streak. Way to go Pirates.” Four hours later he had to turn his pierogi suit in. Fortunately for him, the team re-hired him a couple of days later.

September 22, 2010

A South Carolina officer had his duties relinquished after he posted a picture of bikini clad women on the hood of his cruiser. The women were part of a fund-raising car wash, which is a lot better than him just getting random women to appear in the photo. However, the story gets a tad more interesting. It turns out that one of the women is also a sheriff’s deputy, which means that her job is also in jeopardy. Josh Badgett, a tattoo shop owner who sponsored the “Tits n Tats” car wash, didn’t understand what the uproar over the picture was about. “The girls were washing cars. There was nothing illegal,” he said. True, but he added this gem, “If Girl Scouts were out there washing cars, would there be a problem?” Um, probably a problem larger, and darker, than getting fired over your Facebook account.

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  1. Dominique says:

    I was cand from my job cus i posred a cry for help