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Apple Employee Kicked to the Curb for Facebook Post

The latest in Facebook firings comes from Apple.

Posted by Joe Gerard on November 3rd, 2011
An Apple Insider article by Josh Ong reports that an Apple employee was fired for a derogatory post they made on Facebook. Ong reports:

The employee, named Crisp, lodged a complaint with the tribunal after he was fired for gross misconduct when negative posts to a private Facebook page were passed along to the Apple Store manager by a coworker. Though Crisp had argued that the dismissal was unfair because the messages were private, the tribunal decided that the communication was not protected because friends could have easily copied and shared it.

Also at issue was whether Apple’s social media policy prohibiting “commentary on Apple products, or critical remarks about the brand,” was valid, as noted by People Management. Report author Jamie Hamnett, an employment partner at law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP, wrote that the tribunal upheld Apple’s policy partly because its brand and image are central to its success.

Read More: UK tribunal upholds Apple’s firing of retail employee for critical Facebook post


Joe Gerard
Joe Gerard

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