The National Labor Relations Board has filed an unfair labor practices complaint over the firing of a woman who “bad-mouthed” her boss on Facebook.
According to Inc.com, “Dawnmarie Souza, a union paramedic who worked for Connecticut’s American Medical Response ambulance company, was fired in December 2009 after bad-mouthing a man called “Frank” on Facebook. Her boss was named Frank Filardo, and she’d been in conflict with him for about a month over an incident report he’d asked her to write up on a client’s complaint about her work.”
An NLRB investigation found that Souza’s postings, which she did at home on her own computer, constituted protected activities under the National Labor Relations Act, which gives employees the right to discuss their employment conditions with their coworkers.
The NLRB therefore believes that AMR’s termination of Souza’s employment was intended to unlawfully interfere with those activities and discourage her and others from engaging in such activities.
The NLRB hearing is scheduled for January 25, 2011.